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Vegging Out

Wednesday February 29, 2012

Vegging Out

According to the Vegetarian Society there are now between three and four million vegetarians in the UK – which is the third highest rate in Europe. So what does Lanzarote have to offer tourists who abstain from eating meat when it comes to eating out and shopping?

Lanzarote´s Sole Vegetarian Restaurant

Lanzarote is home to just one dedicated and wholly vegetarian restaurant – The Blooming Cactus – which is located in Calle Teide in the Old Town of Puerto del Carmen. And they serve a wide range of meals, ranging from simple salads to comforting curries, all of which are cooked by their very experienced chef Tracey. Who has sixteen years experience of working in some of the best vegetarian kitchens in the UK and who is also happy to cater to more specialist diets too – including vegan and gluten free.

One of the best ways to enjoy their food is to eat tapas style, selecting a number of smaller dishes which can then be shared and enjoyed with others. And the menu here leans quite heavily on a number of Greek classics, such as Humus, Fasulakia (green beans and potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce and then topped with feta cheese). As well as other Eastern and Indian favourites such as falafel, dhal, vegetable satay and a Madras Vegetable curry.

The Blooming Cactus are also happy to take specific requests and offer a takeaway service too and are open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm.

Contact Details

The Blooming Cactus
Calle Teide
Old Town
Puerto del Carmen

Tel :: 0034 608 293 873

Other Restaurant Options

Canarian cuisine isn’t really geared towards vegetarian fayre and instead leans heavily on meat and fish dishes, with salads largely served as an afterthought. You can still cobble together a veggie meal in most local restaurants by sticking with carefully selected starters, such as goat’s cheeses and wrinkled potatoes. But for many this may not be enough to really hit the spot.

Fortunately however on Lanzarote many other cuisines from around the world are very well represented. Many a vegetarian will have been saved from certain starvation by Italian restaurants in previous trips abroad and Lanzarote is no exception. There are in fact a number of good quality Italians in each of the main resorts, all serving plenty of veggie friendly pizza and pasta options. Whilst many Indian restaurants also serve plenty of vegetarian dishes too.

Buying Fruit & Veg

All of the local supermarkets stock a decent selection of fresh fruit and veg but if you´re looking for a really outstanding range then head for El Huerto in Playa Honda, close to Mega Centro. Here you will find a really impressive array of fruit and vegetables from around the world, including more unusual items such as ochre, shallots, blueberries and a wide selection of exotic fruits from Latin America.

Going Organic

If you´d prefer to buy locally grown, organic vegetables minus the massive carbon footprint then you´ll need to head for one of Lanzarote´s weekly markets to find your fruit and veg.

The atmospheric market in Haria, located in the Valley of 1000 Palms, in the north of the island takes place every Saturday and plays host to a couple of excellent stalls dedicated to locally and organically produced fruit and vegetables. There are also a couple of stalls selling local goats chesses too.

Alternatively head for the capital of Arrecife, where a large weekly market takes place every Saturday morning around the Church of San Gines, which is located just behind the police station on the main seafront promenade.


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