Forbidden fruit: Why vegans are reaching out for Tesco’s oranges and lemons | fruit


Surname: Non-vegan fruit.

Looks: Annoyingly, hardly distinguishable from vegan fruits.

Wait a minute, isn’t all fruit vegan? Don’t be a plum. Of course not. Haven’t you heard of the female sea bug that thrives in the forests of India and Southeast Asia?

I rarely think of anything else. What does she have to do with the story? It secretes a resin used to make shellac, which helps make lemons shiny.

But surely the lemon juice in it is still fully vegan? Possible, but lemon bark — which you know is essential for spicing up vegan risotto and other cruelty-free dishes — not if it contains shellac.

Doesn’t that get to the core? Not at all. Tesco has come under fire for selling fruit not suitable for vegans, such as shiny lemons and limes. The supermarket is now reportedly changing its products in response to customer complaints.

Why does a lemon have to be shinier than when it’s plucked from a sun-dappled tree and shipped? to his somber resting place, say, in the fruit aisle of a petrol station shop on the Peterborough ring road? Good question. Because of the world-destroying dictates of globalized late capitalism, one might think. And because, like magpies that are easy to seduce, we like shiny things.

what does Does Guardian Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe have anything to say about this? She noted that a Pizza Express menu stated that a glass of Coke would only be vegan if it was served without lemon. “Wtf,” she understandably tweeted. The restaurant responded that the wax on its lemons might contain shellac.

But I thought Coke was filled with all sorts of non-vegan jerks: brewer’s toenails, children’s tears, etc. Incredibly not, although most pizzas contain ingredients that irk vegetarians and vegans, like rennet.

Which is? An organic substance found mainly in the stomach lining of young ruminants – mainly calves, lambs or goats – and is often used to make cheese.

So are oranges the only fruit for vegans? no Tesco has also labeled its oranges as ‘non-vegan’ because they are treated with beeswax to keep the fruit fresher for longer. Beeswax, which is made from honeycomb, is also sometimes used to coat oranges, apples, pears and, most confusingly for vegan millennials, avocados.

What’s wrong with beeswax? As with honey, harvesting can cause bee suffering, including death.

What if you step on ants while harvesting zucchini — can vegans still use them for ratatouille?? Of course. Even vegans hate ants (just kidding).

say: Take care of your beeswax.

Do not say: I’ve stepped into things that taste better than vegan cheese.


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