I purchased a 6 ounce container of Redwood Hill Farm's Apricot Mango Goat Milk Yogurt at the Berkeley Farmer's Market this weekend. I had enjoyed the Sebastopol-based creamery's fabulous goat cheeses in the past, including their raw goat's milk feta and their smoked goat cheddar. This yogurt, which is both kosher and gluten-free, intrigued me. I am lactose intolerant and somewhat sensitive to casein, but I seem to digest goat's milk and sheep's milk products far more easily than cow's milk. Redwood Hill Farm's website explains that the fat molecules in goat's milk are more easily digestable than cow's milk, and that due to the lactose and casein in goat's milk being structurally different, many people who can't digest cow's milk are able to eat goat's milk.
The first thing I noticed about the Apricot-Mango Goat Milk Yogurt was that it had the extremely creamy, rich texture and taste that I associate with full-fat yogurt. I checked the label to see if I'd purchased low- or full-fat yogurt and was surprised to see that there were actually only 3 grams of fat per serving, though the yogurt is made with whole milk.
Goat's milk yogurt has a distinctive flavor - There is certainly something slightly "goaty" about it- A grassy, slightly gamey flavor which some people will enjoy and others might find unappealing. However, with the addition of fruit, I found the taste deeper and more sophisticated than the taste of regular yogurt but still very pleasant. The fruit on the bottom was not oversweetened, as no additional sugar is added to their products.
I am looking forward to purchasing the plain yogurt in the future, for use in fruit smoothies or Indian dishes. I can't imagine enjoying it alone without the addition of fruit or other flavors, but it is great to know that there is a yogurt I can use in my cooking that won't make me sick.
To find Redwood Hill Farm's yogurts and cheeses near you, use their store locator. They sell their products nationwide. You can also order bulk quantities through their online store.