Why Oman is a Vegan's Paradise

Oman @ Jouzas Salna |Flickr
Oman @ Jouzas Salna |Flickr
Photo of Gehad Medhat
1 March 2018

Although being a vegan is not a common lifestyle choice in Oman, the Omani traditional cuisine is full of vegan options, especially given the organic fresh nature of the country, making it the perfect destination for all vegans. Not convinced? Here are all the reasons that make Oman an unmissable vegan’s paradise.

Locally planted fruits and vegetables

Oman used to have an agricultural and fishing based economy. Still to this day, almost every house in Oman has its own farm where locals plant most of their fruits and vegetables and sell some of them in local markets. The wide variety of mouthwatering fruits include pomegranates, watermelons, peaches, plums, cherries, bananas and coconuts. Meanwhile fresh vegetables include onions, chillies, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and lettuce. The most famous public places for local plantations in Oman are the breathtakingly green terraces of Al Jebel Al Akhdar in Al Dhakhliya region, and the beautiful natural gem of Salalah in Dhofar.

Vegetables Market, Muttrah © Tristan Schmurr | Flickr

Dates, dates and more dates

Just like the farms of vegetables and fruits, almost every house in Oman has its own date trees. Dates are one of the most popular food that every Omani must eat as part of his or her daily diet. Whether dry or fresh, dates come in different varieties of colors, sizes and flavors. They are also a core part of the traditional hospitality, as they are presented to guests with traditional Omani coffee, and are given to neighbors and guests as gifts. Dates are also one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods. Omanis add them to desserts, as well as use them to make a special date syrup that can be added to pancakes.

Dates in Nizwa Souq © Laura Chatten | Flickr

Traditional and international cuisine

The country has had a long connection with different civilizations around the world especially in east Africa and Asia. These civilizations have influenced some of the traditional dishes in the Omani cuisines, and made their way into some of the restaurants around the country. Visitors can enjoy delicious vegan dishes from India, Pakistan, China, Thailand, and Lebanon, among other cultures. Almost every city in Oman has different cafes and restaurants that offer several vegan dishes, especially in Nizwa, Muscat, Sohar and Salalah.

Dawaat Restaurant, Muscat © Riyadh Al Balushi | Flickr

Omani bread

Khubz Omani or the Omani bread is one of the traditional food that you must try when you visit the country. The best part is that this traditional bread is a wholly-vegan dish. It is flaky, paper-thin and dairy-free, which makes it tasty, light and healthy.

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