What do vegans eat? #4: Fruits and vegetables

The base of the vegan diet is of course fruits and vegetables. For some reason people seem to think that basing your diet on mainly these food groups is limiting, when the truth is that there are so much fruits and vegetables out there that I haven’t even tried all of them yet. And I’ve been vegetarian for more than 10 years!

Fruits and vegetables are categorized a little differently depending on if you look at it out of a scientific or culinary standpoint. Since this is about cooking I will use the culinary categorization and give you some examples of different fruits and vegetables;

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Fruits:
Banana, apple, pear, nectarine, blueberry, strawberry, orange, lemon, kiwi, mango, watermelon, cantaloupe melon, pomegranate, grape, persimmon, rhubarb, plum, raspberry, coconut, cherry, date, guava, grapefruit, jackfruit, rambutan, sea-buckthorn, peach…

Vegetables:
Carrot, beet, potato, parsnip, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke, spinach, kale, collard greens, squash, zucchini, eggplant, lettuce, cabbage, watercress, onion, garlic, leek, celery, bamboo shoots, tomato, cucumber, pumpkin, okra, avocado, pepper, cassava, ginger, wakame, nori, kombu…

Well, you get the point. There are tons of them. Beans, since they are a podded vegetable, could also be included here, but I will give beans and other legumes their own post later on.

How do I cook vegetables?
Vegetables can be cooked in almost any way you can think of, depending on the type. You can stir fry them. You can bake them in the oven; as part of a casserole or pie, or just plain with oil and seasoning. You can boil or steam them. You can use them as ingredients for patties. You can deep fry them. And of course you can eat most of them raw!

How about fruits?
I love eating fruits raw, just like they are, but of course you can also use them in cooking and baking. You can make smoothies, jams or juices. You can also use them in different desserts, such as pies, cakes or jellies.

Earlier posts in the “What do vegans eat?”-series:
#1: Tofu
#2: Plant-based milk & cream
#3: Ice-cream

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Eating at Vegana

A few days ago we finally had time to visit Vegana here in Vaasa and taste their food.

They serve a lunch buffet that costs 9,50 € (includes a salad buffet, warm food, bread, water and tea). For one euro extra you can also have soup. You can also have take-out from the buffet table, you just pick what you want to have into a box and pay by weight.

When we came there I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of food, because I’m so used to being able to eat just a few dishes in a buffet. Most of the food was different types of fresh vegetables and salads. The warm food of the day was oven roasted vegetables and a creamy spaghetti with pieces of soy protein. They also had several different types of bread as well as three types of vegetarian salami.

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I had a little scare when we read the ingredients of the different salamis and one of them had eggs, since I had got the understanding that the place was completely vegan. We had to ask about it and make sure that the rest of the food was vegan, which it fortunately was. So if you go there as a vegan, check twice and ask if you’re not sure about the ingredients!

Apart from the restaurant, they also sell food stuffs. I did not have time to check so closely what exactly they were selling, but at least different types of lentils and beans, soy milk and yoghurt, vegan cheese, bread etc.

The food was good – simple and fresh – and I’m curious what else they have to offer, so I will definitely go back some other day.