Did You Know That Israel has the Vegan Capital of the World?
Tel Aviv is a coastal city on the Eastern edge of Israel. It is also the most populated city in Israel. It is known for its parties and exciting nightlife every day of the week. However, it has recently become famous for being vegan-friendly.
At an estimated 5% of the population, Tel Aviv has the highest vegans per capita in the world!
Israel has become a vegan center for many reasons. First off, the kosher diet already promotes aspects of veganism. Most places in Israel keep kosher. This means that at any meal including meat, there will not be dairy. The opposite is true as well- if it is a dairy meal, there will not be any meat. Also, there will never be shellfish or meat from pigs at a kosher meal. This makes vegan options accessible and clearly labeled.
Another reason that makes being vegan in Israel easy is that the climate is perfect for fruits and vegetables. The produce in Israel is delicious because they value freshness, and it is often picked locally. Israel is a major exporter of citrus, so be sure to try the oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. You will also see a lot of pomegranates and pomegranate juice stands. Israel has the freshest pomegranate juice you can buy, and it’s sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Another popular fruit s the date. You can find dates in many of the Israeli desserts, like baklava and halva, as well as dried and fresh dates on their own. Other delicious fruits grown in Israel include avocados, bananas, apples, cherries, plums, lychees, nectarines, grapes, strawberries, prickly pear, persimmon.