Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt Starter


Discover the rich, creamy delight of Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt, also known as Matsoni, a traditional mesophilic yoghurt from the Caucasus region. Fermenting at moderate temperatures, Matsoni offers a smooth texture and subtle tangy flavor, packed with probiotics essential for gut health. This yoghurt, cherished for centuries, improves digestion, enhances immunity, and boosts nutrient absorption. Made from the highest quality organic milk, our Matsoni ensures a pure, nutritious addition to your diet. Enjoy it on its own, with fruits and honey, or as a base for smoothies and dressings, and experience the timeless benefits of this yoghurt of longevity.

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Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt  Starter (Matsoni): A Timeless Tradition for Gut Health

Discover the rich, creamy delight of Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt, also known as Matsoni. This unique yoghurt, rooted in the culinary traditions of the Caucasus and Caspian Sea regions, has been cherished for centuries for its health benefits and distinctive taste.

What is Matsoni?

Matsoni, often referred to as the “yoghurt of longevity,” is a mesophilic yoghurt, meaning it ferments at moderate temperatures (68–78°F or 20–25°C). This sets it apart from the more common thermophilic yoghurts, which require higher temperatures (104–113°F or 40–45°C) to ferment. The gentle fermentation process of Matsoni results in a smoother texture and a more subtle, tangy flavour, preserving more of the beneficial probiotics that are crucial for gut health.

Historical Legacy

For generations, Matsoni has been a staple in the diets of people living in the Caucasus region, famed for their longevity and robust health. Historically, it was made in clay pots and left to ferment naturally, creating a thick, creamy yoghurt that was both nourishing and delicious. Its enduring presence in these cultures is a testament to its health benefits and versatile nature.

Health Benefits

Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt is a powerhouse of probiotics, essential for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. Scientific studies have shown that probiotics can help balance the gut flora, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.

  • Improved Digestion: Probiotics in Matsoni help break down lactose, making it easier to digest for those with lactose intolerance. They also promote regular bowel movements and reduce symptoms of bloating and constipation .
  • Enhanced Immunity: A healthy gut microbiome is closely linked to a strong immune system. The beneficial bacteria in Matsoni can help fend off harmful pathogens and reduce the risk of infections .
  • Nutrient Absorption: The fermentation process of Matsoni enhances the bioavailability of nutrients, helping your body absorb more vitamins and minerals from your diet .

Why Choose Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt?

Our Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt is made from the highest quality organic milk, ensuring that you receive the purest product free from harmful pesticides and additives. Each batch is carefully crafted to preserve the integrity of the probiotics, providing you with a delicious and nutritious addition to your daily diet.

Enjoy Matsoni in Various Ways

Matsoni can be enjoyed on its own, with fresh fruits and honey, or as a base for smoothies and salad dressings. Its versatility makes it a delightful and healthy option for any meal.


  1. Probiotics and their effects on the gut microbiome: NIH Study on Probiotics
  2. The role of probiotics in immune function: Research Article on Probiotics and Immunity
  3. Fermentation and nutrient absorption: Study on Fermentation and Bioavailability

Embrace the tradition and health benefits of Matsoni with our Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt. Nourish your body, delight your senses, and support your gut health with every spoonful.


Weight 2 g

Organic Caspian Sea yoghurt starter culture.

Shelf Life

1 year.


Keep at room temperature.


Contains milk (from cows).

6 Questions about Organic Caspian Sea Yoghurt Starter

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  1. Leonardo Zavojanni says:

    Hi, Is this Caspian Sea Yoghurt or Matsoni? According to Wikipedia they are not the same thing. Thanks.

  2. Kevin D says:

    I have had my first attempt at making the Caspian Sea Yoghurt – not without some difficulty. I have followed the instructions as noted but, much like another customer above (BEATRIZ), I have almost three distinct layers. One at the bottom – a clotted milky substance, liquid in the middle and a top layer of clotted milky substance. Any thoughts on what I may have done to cause this (though I did follow the instructions as written). Can this be corrected at this point?

    1. Lisa Hillyer says:

      Hi Kevin, That sounds like a failed starter. Can you send us an email to and we will get that replaced for you. Thanks Lisa

  3. Beatriz says:

    Hi, I’m making my first batch of yoghurt. And there is a kind of separation in the jar (a liquid part and a solid part). Is it safe to eat?

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      Hi, can you email us over a photo please 🙂

  4. Helen says:

    Have switched milk to goats milk, will that inhibit or bother the yoghurt culturing?

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      Initially, you might have a few issues due to the lower lactose content but we usually find the culture adapts quickly.

  5. Helen Bond says:

    What are the beneficial strains of bacteria in Caspian Sea yoghurt?

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      Caspian Sea yoghurt are (for the most part) Lactobacillus delbrueckii and Lactococcus bacteria 🙂

  6. Helen Bond says:

    Have just finished first batch of yoghurt. When making another batch should it be left at room temperature until it thickens the same as with the starter? Thanks

    1. Lisa Hillyer says:

      Hi, yes you need to let it ferment at room temperature every time you make a new batch.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
W Brown
Lumpy Bumpy Goodness

It get's a little lumpy, you can't really get it on your spoon, but this stuff is great in a smoothie. My kids used to drink Yop but these days I mix berries with Caspian, chill it, and they can't get enough. Dead easy to make and look after too.

Philip Talbot

Not very successful.

Hi Philip.

We are sorry to hear that you had issues with your culture. We guarantee all of our starters with correct application of our instructions. If you'd be kind enough to bop us an email on, we'd be more than happy to troubleshoot and/or replace as needed.

Please give us a shout and we'll make sure you're looked after.

Kindest regards,

FF Team

Mellanie Sims
Makes great yogurt

Makes great yoghurt never buying yoghurt from the shops again

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