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Best vegan cheeses in Malta

by Darryl Grima

In every survey we do after Malta Meat Free Week, we ask the challenge participants the product they would find most difficult to let go. The answer is not meat, but year after year the answer is always cheese. The great news is is that the choice of plant based cheeses are rapidly increasing. So to help, we have listed the best vegan cheeses in Malta.

We have made a list for those looking for a vegan cheese in Malta, or a lactose free cheese. It is important to note that we didn’t list these 5 vegan cheeses in order of which is better.

Vegan cheese brand: Sheese

The Sheese range, which has just been rebranded to a more colourful design. Apart from the colourful visuals, the Sheese range is probably the most extensive and diverse of all the imported vegan cheeses in Malta.

The range includes blocks and sliced cheese with flavours like different Cheddar style cheeses, Edan style, Greek style, Gouda style, Red Leicester style, wensleydale style, Smoked German style and Mozzarella style. Additionally the range includes the popular spreads and the grated cheese alternatives like grated mozzarella and grated mature cheddar.

Sheese vegan cheeses are gluten free, dairy free, lactose free, animal free and certified Vegan & Kosher (Pareve). The new range is made with Coconut Oil, and doesn’t contain Hydrogenated Fat or Palm Oil.

Vegan cheese brand: Green Vie

Another brand that offers a variety of cheese alternative flavours is Green Vie. Green Vie products are dairy free, lactose free, soya free, gluten free, nut free and Palm oil free. 

The range boasts it’s Spread Me range, which is a cheese alternative spread. There are a variety of Green Vie flavours like Basil & Tomato Spread, Mushroom & Black Truffle Spread, Original Spread and Red Peppers Spread. One also finds the Parveggio Wheel which is a vegan alternative to Parmesan. Similarly the Vegaloumi is a vegan alternative to haloumi cheese.

Along with these there are blocks and slices in Mozarella, Cheddar flavour, Greek Mediterranean Flavour and Gouda Flavour. Green Vie also have Parmesan Flavour Grated.

Artisan brand: Midas Fine Art Cheeses

A local artisan plant based cheese alternative are Midas Fine Art Cheese. These are gourmet vegan cheeses made by Miriam Sorrell, author of Mouthwatering Vegan. You can order these plant based cheeses online. Most interesting are their Aged Vegan Gbejniet. You can also find other flavours like Mature Style Cheddar, Mature & Cultured Coffee & Walnut, Rich & Mature Coffee & Walnut Cheese and more.

Artisan brand: Jo’s delights

Local artisan brand Jo’s delights sells “home made” and artisan local cheese alternatives via their online shop. They have Peppato, the traditional Maltese Gbejna, Pink peppercorn & Raisin, Sun Dried Tomatoes CheeZe, Sun Dried Tomatoes CheeZe, Cracked Black Pepper CheeZe, Green Olive CheeZe, Chilli CheeZe, Smoked CheeZe, Smoked CheeZe, Herbed Chevre Roulade and Raw Vegan Roquefort.

Vegan cheese brand: Violife

Violife is a 100% vegan cheese alternative brand. The range includes slices, blocks, grated and Creamy spreads. The flavours are Epic Mature Cheddar flavour, with Herbs, with Tomato and Basil, Smoked flavour and Mozzarella flavour. Violife also has a Mediterranean style Grill me and a Prosociano Wedge which is a Parmesan alternative.

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