(US-fl) Mock-meat morsels convert Cuban-American carnivore
- Julio Maza grew up in a meat-eating Cuban-American family. But after
enjoying tasty morsels of mock beef, chicken, ham, fish and shrimp at
a cookout 10 years ago, he became a vegetarian almost overnight.
Maza became friends with some Taiwanese folks he met at the cookout
and traveled with them to Taiwan, absorbing the Taoist philosophy of
balance in life and diet. When he returned to Miami he became the
manager of a vegetarian meat company;after it closed, he started his
own, Harmony International.
Most sales are through his website, but he also works health festivals
and Jamaican music jamborees, as Rastafarians are vegetarians and love
his products. He also supplies restaurants and specialty markets.
The soy meats are imported frozen from various manufacturers in
Taiwan, made from processed soy protein, wheat gluten (seitan),
seaweed, konnyaku yam powder, mushrooms, vegetables and spices with no
garlic, onion, MSG or preservatives. They are less bland than
supermarket meat substitutes, with a smoky, decidedly Asian flavor and
a pleasing texture.
Also called Buddha's meat, these products were conceived in Buddhist
monasteries in China 2,000 years ago. They were a must in a religion
that prohibited the taking of life and in a culture where hospitality
required pleasing guests who enjoyed the taste of meat.
Company: Harmony International.
Prices: Minimum order of $50; 6 pounds of smoked drumsticks $50,
4-ounce bag of mini sausages $4.80, chicken nuggets $3.50. Complete
price list on website.
FYI: Free delivery with orders of $50 or more in Miami-Dade, $70 or
more in Broward and $100 or more in Palm Beach counties.
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