Matzoun (Matson or Matsoni) or
Caspian Sea yoghurt (Armenian:
մածուն, Georgian: მაწონი, Russian: мацони) is a
yoghurt-like dairy product. It is started with Lactococcus lactis subsp.
cremoris and Acetobacter orientalis species and has a viscous, honey-like
texture. It is milder in taste than other varieties of yoghurts since it has
less sour and alcohol. It supposedly originated from ancient Georgia and later
propagated to many neighbor countries, e.g. Armenia.