The legendary cosmetic and therapeutic properties of equine milk are widely known. In fact, Cleopatra, Poppea and other privileged women of ancient times took their baths in donkey’s milk in order to keep their skin fresh and shiny. In addition, Hippocrates, as well as Pliny the Elder, believed that donkey’s milk could act therapeutically in numerous cases, such as liver problems, infectious diseases, fevers, asthma, etc. (Cunsolo et al., 2011).
The antimicrobial activity of donkey milk was examined against 3 bacterial and 3 fungal strains selected on the basis of their relevance as human pathogens. All samples of donkey milk exhibited antimicrobial activity against dermatomycotic fungi and foodborne pathogen bacteria.
Human breast milk is the best nutritional support that ensures the right development and influences the immune status of the newborn infant. .
Donkey’s milk is the best substitute of human milk for its content in lactose, proteins, minerals, and
The diversity of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) species in donkey’s milk was analyzed by culture-dependent microbial techniques. Dominant strains were isolated on agar media generally used for enumerating LAB. To enrich the number of acidifying LAB present, the milk samples were incubated at 37°C for 24 h (cultured milk samples, CM).