As with any other type of food, raw food offers regional flavors so you will always have a great variety in your raw food lifestyle. Whoever says raw food vegan diet is bland and boring is definitely completely misled and is just voicing out a common misconception. A true raw food vegan knows that there is just so much you can do to add pizzazz in any raw food. Here are some examples of raw foods and spices that make up various regional flavors throughout the world and should give you some ideas for delicious recipes. There are so many ways to enjoy healthy and tasty food without the unhealthy fats and chemicals.
Italy and Sicily use a lot of garlic, basil, olive oil and oregano in their food. A delicious Italian recipe, so simple yet so elegant is the Hemp Pesto. It is made up of garlic, organic hemp seed nuts, basil leaves, organic tahini, miso or nama soyou or Celtic sea salt, hemp oil and the amazingly good sun dried olives. Just the thought of it is making my mouth water! Hemp seeds are excellent source of protein and essential Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It also contains vitamin E and iron. Hemp Pesto is great with zucchini strings. It is raw, vegan, Italian and last but not the least, sinfully delicious!
In the Far East there is Thai and Bali whose flavors come from coriander, curry, cumin, and tamarind, as well as galangal root and basil. A great Thai dish is the raw version of Pad Thai. Everything is raw and vegan. For the sauce, ginger, garlic, coriander seeds, tamarind, lemon juice, olives and olive oil are all blended together to create a saucy consistency. For the noodles, zucchini and cucumber is used to make the “pasta”. Try this creation and you have a Taste of Thai right at your fingertips.
The Chinese and Japanese use sesame, as well as ginger, and again garlic. If you don’t mind spicy food then you can try creating your own Chinese Hot and Sour soup. The nutritious blend of shredded carrot and cabbage combined with sliced mushrooms, chives, red onion and corn, seasoned with soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, red dried chili, sesame oil, salt, sugar and pepper in warm water is not just hearty, but extremely nutritious as well.
Craving for a Japanese tasty dish? Perhaps the easiest regional flavor to incorporate in a raw vegan diet is Japanese. The culture in itself has penchant for raw foods that it is absolutely just part of their diet. A simple Japanese raw vegan dish, simple to assemble, is zucchini squares layered with nori wraps, scallion, pickled daikon, basil and sesame seeds. For the drizzling sauce, blend in sweet miso, umeboshi plum, ginger, olive oil with lemon and ginger. Remember, for Japanese flavor in dishes, sesame and fermented vegetables are common ingredients.
Further east, Indian food again uses garlic, as well as ginger, curry, cumin, sesame, and fennel. Moving East, to the Middle East, Middle Eastern cuisine features mint, oregano, cinnamon and parsley, and also olive oil and garlic, which seems to have broad appeal across many cultures
As for other regional flavors, For Greek dishes, incorporate eggplants, bell pepper, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika and olive oil. Pate can be made from pine nuts or other nuts such as cashew or macadamia and flat bread from walnuts. Spanish and Mexican food uses cilantro, cumin, jalapeno and other chiles, as well as olive oil and garlic. African cuisine, especially Moroccans, uses cilantro, ginger, cinnamon and cumin.
I could go on and on about flavors around the world, and this space will not be enough. This only proves my point that a raw vegan diet is anything but boring and bland. In fact, I have two words for you --- Healthy! Tasty!