Tatamoo Review 06/27/12
Check out our review of a new product to hit the market: Tatamoo's raw, aged vegan Macadamia Nut Cheese.
I first heard about Tatamoo a few weeks ago when one of my readers said it’s something that I really ought to check out. Vegan “cheese” is something that many vegans and lactose-intolerant foodies enjoy and often crave. So I was quite interested to see how this newcomer would compare. I have tried soft nut cheeses in the past, which have a bit of a chevin feel about them, but Tatamoo is something quite different.
I got in touch with local Cape Town-based producer, Henni van der Westhuizen, who uses traditional cheese-making processes to hand-make a relatively hard, mature nut “cheese”. He very kindly sent through a sample of the Macadamia Nut Cheese for me to try out.
Tatamoo Macadamia Nut Cheese has a strong, unique flavour and a distinctive, slightly tart smell. You can clearly see the fatty, oily and rich nature of the nut cheese – which is to be expected considering that it is packed full of nuts.
It has a firm, slightly grainy texture and slices easily – which makes it great for sandwiches.
Tasted by itself, you get the total taste experience. Yes, there are hints of “cheesiness”, which I think are achieved by the fact that it is matured, but it stands on its own with a fresh, new taste. Some people may be expecting something that tastes exactly like cheese. But let’s be honest: it is a nut cheese that is made from nuts – not milk. In addition, Tatamoo is totally natural, has no preservatives or other nasties and is packed full of protein and healthy fats. It is not a chemically manufactured cheese imitation laden with flavourants, colourants etc trying to replicate the cheese taste. Rather, it is an innovative and interesting foray into creating something tasty and healthy.
For anyone who is vegan or lactose-intolerant, Tatamoo is an excellent addition to your food arsenal.
I have not explored very many different ways of preparing Tatamoo, but it is a killer sandwich addition – particularly with some salt and pepper. Yum. I also got a sneak peek of the next addition to the Tatamoo stable – Cashew Nut Cheese. Similar to the Macadamia Nut Cheese, it has a stronger, more pungent flavour. Also worth looking out for.
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