Even though we’re living in an age where we can walk into just about any supermarket and find freezers and shelves well-stocked with a wide variety of plant-based products, the concept of an all-vegan grocery is exciting. At places like Cruelty Free Shop in Melbourne or GreenBay in London, you can add items to your cart at whim without having to check the label for hidden ingredients …. like in the case of milk powder on potato chips. (Side note: can anyone explain to us why so many not-cheesy-flavored potato chips have milk powder on them?) At places like Orchard Grocer in Manhattan, those who avoid palm oil don’t even have to skim the label because the little deli/grocery is 100 percent palm oil-free.
New to the lineup of all-vegan groceries is Naturalia Vegan, an offshoot of France’s popular organic grocery chain, Naturalia. Reported by Le Figaro, the brand has recently converted three of their locations in Paris and Vincennes into their new, all-vegan grocery stores. Each location will offer over 2,000 organic products ranging from produce, prepackaged food, body care, household care products, and more. The brand is currently just testing the waters with the concept of opening all-vegan groceries across France, but the growing popularity of healthy vegan food means that there is potential for expansion.
Compared to countries like Germany, which had the largest increase in the number of vegan product launches stores last year, or the United States, where six percent of Americans now identify as vegan, France (where only three percent identifies as vegetarian) has a lot of catching up to do. But, the movement in the land of boeuf bourguignon and macarons is growing. One vegan cheesemaker in France decided to open a storefront location after multiple passerbys expressed curiosity. Since the three Naturalia Vegan locations have taken over old Naturalia locations, we hope that even more consumers will be tempted to check out the shop’s offerings.
Traditional French cuisine may be heavy on ingredients like cheese, butter, and meat, but it’s actually quite easy to veganize. When cooked right, mushrooms are the perfect stand-in for meat, like this Mushroom Bourguignon or these Mushrooms au Vin. For quiches, try chickpea flour seasoned with black salt, a sulphuric salt that makes things taste eggy. You can check out even more vegan French recipes on the Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. The app has over 8,000+ vegan recipes with 10+ recipes added daily. And with international cuisines to choose from like French, British, Korean, and more, it’ll show you that you can veganize even the most meat-heavy cuisines. Give it a try!
Lead image source: Naturalia