Frequently Asked Questions
What makes native-breed Indian cows special?
Ghee originated on the Indian subcontinent and the highest traditional dietary, medicinal and ritualistic value was placed on ghee which was prepared from the fresh milk of the native cows of the region. It is the native, humped cow breeds, collectively and scientifically referred to as "Bos Indicus," of which the Gir breed stands out prominently, that have traditionally been most highly regarded among the various milk giving animals.
Is your ghee prepared from "A2-milk" type?
Our ghee is prepared from native breed cow milk that can be classified "A2 (beta-casein) type" - as opposed to the "A1 (beta-casein) type" that is most widely available for consumption and conversion to cream, yogurt, butter and ghee in the US and has been singled out to be potentially harmful to human health by some researchers. The majority of the US dairy cow population - that has been bred/interbred for industrial-scale dairy production - produces milk that falls in the A1 (beta casein) category. It must be pointed out though that since any pure ghee is near 100% fat content (or, in other words, is without protein quotient), such evaluation may concern only holistic practitioners and other more sensitive consumers.
Are the cows grass-fed?
The cows at our holistic center are grass-fed and pastured year round (weather patterns may not permit such luxury in much of North America) on the center's own farmland. What you see the cows grazing on our website banner is husk of sugarcane, which is a type of native grass that is cultivated to produce jaggery. This is a time-tested traditional practice and also forms part of the cow's diet, when sugarcane is in season.
Do you make your ghee differently?
Maha Ghee is prepared the traditional way, starting with curds made from fresh and pure whole milk. Alternative 'shortcuts' start with plain or cultured butter to make ghee preparation more efficient, for time/cost reasons. While both arrive at ghee, we believe this traditional milk-to-ghee process (at milk source i.e. where the cows are looked after) though less "efficient" tends to naturally yield a more wholesome ghee - when prepared, stored and used carefully. See Source for pictures of our process to better appreciate the traditional "holistic integrity" that is being preserved with our Maha Ghee.
Why is your product not USDA organic certified?
To label a product "certified organic" for sale in the United States requires certification by a USDA authorized agency in India. Maha Ghee is made from the milk of cows who are not injected growth hormones and whose feed is grown on chemical-free farms of the same holistic center that also operates the goshala. Instead of investing our time and energy in the certification formalities, we'd rather invite you to visit the center, stay over for a day or two as our guests, participate in the daily cow rearing and ghee making activities, and establish a direct connection with the cows, their caretakers, and our Maha Ghee cooks!