Skyr is a traditional Icelandic dairy product. Skyr-making dates all the way back to the Viking settlement in the 9th century. Ever since then it has served as a crucial component of the dairy-rich Icelandic diet.
While skyr resembles yoghurt and is consumed much like yoghurt, it is actually a type of cheese, made from the fat-free skim milk. Fat-free and rich in protein, skyr has been held up as a “super-food.”
The milk is warmed with live cultures from previous skyr batches and strained from the whey after it has thickened. Traditional unflavored skyr is very thick and has a distinctive sour dairy flavour, with a hint of sweetness.
MS Iceland Dairies (Mjólkursamsalan) is a cooperative organisation that includes over 600 of Iceland’s family-run dairy farms and other milk producers across the country.