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A Brief History of PLANT MILKS

Viva’s Veronika Powell reveals how our favourite milks have actually been popular around the world for centuries

The dairy industry is up in arms about plant milks, first banning the use of the word ‘milk’ to describe a milky liquid that didn’t come from anyone’s mammary glands and now crying wolf over how many deficiencies we’ll possibly suffer if we ditch dairy.

The truth is, you will find a long history of plant milks and other plant drinks made by different cultures across the world over millennia and there is certainly nothing new or unusual about people consuming them.

Of all the plant milks, coconut has the longest tradition of use

Coconut milk

Coconuts originally come from India and Southeast Asia but because they float, were carried to coastlines all over the Pacific Ocean and successfully made their homes in all the subtropical places they could find. People further contributed to the spread across the Atlantic and now coconut palms grow in virtually all subtropical coastal zones around the world. Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from grated coconut meat and it can be very thick and creamy or thinner and more milk-like. It’s been one of the main ingredients in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Caribbean and northern South America for centuries and even millennia in some places, such as India.

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Are you a vegan that's cooking on a budget? This issue is for you! The April edition is packed with dishes that compromise on the cost rather than the flavour. Also, we check out the history of plant milk, get creative with tacos, have fun foraging and discover the top 10 ingredients with medicinal benefits. We've also increased the number of pages in this issue to 132, so there are even more great features for you to check out, including our special eco section. Here you can find out what happens to your waste, we reveal the best way to cut down on plastic and share seven easy eco swaps you can make today. Plus this issue comes with a free meal planner wall chart.