The Many Uses of Fruit in Vegan Cooking

The Many Uses of Fruit in Vegan Cooking

Published on
27 September 2022
VFA Blog
Fruit is often used as a vegan alternative to meat and dairy products. When choosing fruits for vegan dishes, it is important to consider the flavor, texture, and color of the fruit. For example, ripe bananas can be used in place of bacon to create a savory dish, while diced pineapple can add sweetness and acidity to a recipe.

There are countless ways to use fruit in vegan cooking. One popular method is to incorporate them into sauces and dips. For example, pureed mangoes can be used as a base for curries or added to chili for sweetness. Another way to enjoy fruits in vegan dishes is by grilling or roasting them. This brings out their natural sugars and creates a caramelized flavor that pairs well with other plant-based ingredients.

When using fruits in vegan cooking, it is important not to overcook them as they will become mushy and lose their bright colors. It is also important to choose ripe fruits so that they are sweet and flavorful. With so many different types of fruit available, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating delicious vegan dishes!

Apples are the most popular fruits, and they are also one of the most versatile fruits when it comes to cooking. Apples can be used in sweet or savory dishes, depending on their ripeness. They are often used in pies and other baked goods because of their sweetness and versatility.

Here are some ideas on how you can use fruit in your vegan cooking:

diced pineapple
1) Use diced pineapple instead of sugar to sweeten oatmeal or pancakes

grilled peaches small
2) Grill peaches and top with coconut ice cream for a summer dessert

black been with mango
3) Mix diced mangoes into black bean soup for sweetness and color

banana slices and peanut butter
4) Use banana slices with peanut butter on sandwiches

Roasted Grapefruit Cake
5) Roast grapefruit halves with thyme on top of a cake or serve as a side dish


Some fun facts about culinary use of fruits

  1. Lemons are used to add acidity and brightness to dishes.
  2. Limes are used in much the same way as lemons, but they have a slightly different flavor.
  3. Oranges can be used in sweet or savory dishes, depending on their ripeness.
  4. Grapefruits are often used in cocktails and other drinks for their tart flavor.
  5. Apples are popular in pies and other baked goods because of their sweetness and versatility.
  6. Bananas are often used as a replacement for dairy products such as milk or yogurt in vegan recipes
There are many reasons why vegans should use fruits in their cooking. Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can also add sweetness, acidity, and color to dishes. Additionally, grilling or roasting fruit brings out its natural sugars and creates a caramelized flavor that pairs well with other plant-based ingredients.

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