So, you’re looking for yogurt in Israel? Confused much? In the U.S., there is one thing that comes in what we would call a “yogurt container” and that is yogurt.
In Israel, there are dozens of non-yogurt cheese products that come in little plastic containers. You have yogurt, gevinah lavanah (white cheese), cottage cheese, shemenet (sour cream), gil, eishel, etc. Each one of these may come in various fat contents, flavors, and with a myriad of toppings.
What is the difference between them? Which are the tastiest? I set out to answer these questions with some research and a taste test. In this first post I will cover only Tnuva products, since they can be found in any grocery store or makolet. Of these products, I tried two types of yogurt, “Gil”, “Eishel”, “Classic Sheli (My classic)”, and three types of shemenet (sour cream). Below are the pictures of these products with the nutritional breakdown.