Grillin' and chillin': how Israel celebrates Independence Day with vegan barbecue
Israel's Independence Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a good old-fashioned barbecue. But in a country where a large percentage of the population is vegan, traditional meaty barbecues are being replaced with plant-based alternatives. Beyond Meat and Unconvetional Meat (made in Italy) have emerged as top contenders, with mouth-watering meatballs, hamburgers, mini burgers, and hot dogs satisfying even the most discerning of carnivores.
As Israel prepares to celebrate its independence day, many people are gearing up for one of the most important traditions of the day: barbecue. But while the rest of the world may associate barbecue with meat and other animal products, Israel's thriving vegan community has transformed the traditional barbecue into a delicious and healthy plant-based experience.
Israel has long been recognized as one of the most vegan-friendly countries in the world, with a large and growing number of people embracing a plant-based lifestyle. According to a recent survey, Israel has the highest percentage of vegans per capita in the world, with an estimated 5% of the population following a vegan diet.
And when it comes to barbecue, Israelis are not content with boring salads or plain veggie burgers. Instead, they have created a unique and diverse vegan barbecue culture that is gaining worldwide attention. There has been an explosion of plant-based meats and other vegan-friendly products in the country. Beyond Meat and Unconventional Meat are among the top contenders for the most delicious vegan options for barbecuing in Israel, offering the taste and texture of real beef without the environmental impact. These burgers are made with pea protein, coconut oil, and potato starch, and contain no soy, gluten, or GMOs. They are also cholesterol-free and provide a good source of protein.
Unconventional Meat offers a variety of plant-based meats, including meatballs, mini burgers, and hot dogs, which are all perfect for grilling. Their products are made with a blend of soy, wheat, and pea protein, and are free from cholesterol, antibiotics, and hormones.
But it's not just the taste and health benefits that are attracting Israelis to plant-based barbecuing. Many are also drawn to the environmental and ethical considerations of veganism.
As Israel continues to face ongoing conflicts and political tensions, the country has become a hub for innovative startups and tech companies. The plant-based meat industry is no exception, with Israeli companies like Redefine Meat and Aleph Farms developing advanced 3D-printing technology to create realistic plant-based meat alternatives.
Additionally, Israeli companies like SuperMeat are creating lab-grown meat alternatives that aim to provide a sustainable and ethical solution to traditional animal agriculture. With the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the impact of factory farming on the environment, these innovations are gaining attention and investment from around the world.
As Israelis come together to celebrate their country's independence, many will be firing up their grills and enjoying delicious plant-based options alongside traditional barbecue fare. Whether it's Beyond Meat's juicy burgers or Unconventional Meat's savory meatballs, there is no shortage of delicious vegan options to choose from.
In a country that is no stranger to innovation and disruption, the rise of vegan barbecuing is just one more example of Israel's ability to embrace change and move towards a more sustainable and peaceful future.