Brown Greens: Daiya

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Daiya is the hottest imitation cheese product on the market, and it may be appearing soon at a Brown dining hall near you. Follow Adam Horowitz on Brown Greens for weekly updates on vegetarianism and veganism at Brown.

For those who are either vegan, lactose-intolerant, keep Kosher, or just want to adopt a healthier and more cruelty-free lifestyle, Daiya (pronounced day-uh) is one of the most popular imitation dairy products available today.  Daiya products are free of soy, gluten, dairy, and GMO crops and contain no animal byproducts, trans fats, cholesterol, preservatives, or MSG.

Daiya is made from a variety of different ingredients, including tapioca, pea protein, and many vegetable oils, to create a product that comes pretty close to the real thing (if I do say so myself).  Daiya produces wedges (Cheddar, Jack, and Havarti), slices (Cheddar, Swiss, and Provolone), shreds (Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Pepperjack), pizzas (Cheeze Lover’s, Margherita, Fire-Roasted Vegetable, and Mushroom & Roasted Garlic) and cream cheese (Plain, Strawberry, and Chive & Onion).

You may be wondering how this delicious product relates to Brown.  Rumor has it that recipes containing Daiya may begin to appear in the dining halls for meals such as quesidillas and grilled cheese sandwiches.

For more information, visit their website at us.daiyafoods.com.

For any questions, feel free to to adam_horowitz@brown.edu, the founder and president of the Brown Veg Society.

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