Traditional Rastafarian Food

Save

Simple, natural foods and preparation techniques characterize a typical Rastafarian diet. They’re part of a lifestyle called Ital, or I-Tal, that not only touches on nutrition, but also life in general. Among the other tenets of the religion practiced in Jamaica and around the world is that blacks will be redeemed and returned to Africa. Their veneration of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, the use of marijuana and a prohibition against cutting your hair are notable aspects of the religion.

The Basics

  • In its purest form, the Ital diet eschews any foods considered non-organic, and excludes meat and dairy products. Some Rastafarians follow dietary guidelines found in the Old Testament that allow non-red meat and fish. No matter the interpretation, food must be wholesome and healthy, and prepared in ways that reflect the cook’s roots. Adherents avoid artificial flavors and additives, purchase food locally and use outdoor kitchens to prepare large pots of food.

Organic and Natural

  • Use of organic products is the only hard and fast rule for Rastafarian cooking. Natural herbs and spices -- including the notoriously hot Scotch bonnet pepper -- are used as substitutes for salt, which is considered unnatural. Common ingredients include coconut and coconut milk, beans, legumes, roasted seeds and callaloo, a leafy green plant used in soups and stews. Tofu and bean curd substitute for meat. Fruit juices and herbal teas replace milk and coffee.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit otokimus/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • What Is the Ethiopian Diet?

    The typical Ethiopian diet is often reflective of religious beliefs that frequently dictate what kinds of foods can be eaten and on...

  • Mormon Diets

    The Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began in America in 1820. Mormons believe they...

  • Rastafarian Costume Ideas

    Rastafarianism is more than just a style of music and culture, it is a religion and set of beliefs that originated in...

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!