Vegan mushroom biltong
I used to love biltong, after all it is a South African classic. Like many others, I did not become Vegan because I did not like the taste of meat. If you’d like to know about my Green Vegan Journey have a look here. When I first went Vegan i did not know that there were Vegan versions of things like cheese, meat, ice cream and even biltong. Vegan mushroom biltong for example is typically dried and spiced in the same way as traditional biltong.
I remember the first time I tried vegan biltong made from mushrooms. It was a few years ago, and I was at a shop with my Mom, who became Vegan soon after me. I was so excited to try it that I opened the packet before I even got to the car. I was amazed at the flavours and the texture, as it was the closest I had come to a biltong flavour since going Vegan in 2011.
Fast forward to 2018, the vegan biltong flavours have greatly improved, and the available options have drastically increased. I’m always keen to try every single new vegan biltong product I find. So far I’ve tried a number of different versions of mushroom biltong, and even found a biltong made from gluten.
Air dried Foods – Dried Mushroom snack
I first spotted the vegan mushroom biltong from Air Dried Foods a few months ago at the Vegan Goods Market. They call it a dried mushroom snack I call it biltong. Now, every time I go to the market, I get some. They are made by a small family-run business. There are 3 options: Oyster, Brown and Shiitake. The mushrooms are dehydrated, and seasoned with tamari sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and coriander seeds. I like the brown mushroom one the most. I have noticed that if I eat a lot in one go, then it becomes very salty.
Where to buy
The Vegan Goods Market is open from 10am to 2pm on every first Saturday of the month. The market is held at the Khanyisa Waldorf School, 4 Victoria Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town. The next time you go, be sure to stop at the Air Dried Foods stall and taste the various flavours of their vegan mushroom biltong. You can also buy it online on the Faithful to Nature online shop, as well as on The Bespoke Artichoke online shop.
Have you tried any of these vegan mushroom biltong flavours? What is your favourite vegan biltong? I’d love to hear from you in a comment below. If you’d like to see more of the snacks & treats I have found, have a look here. If you’d like to see what else I have found browse my Directory. New products posted regularly.
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