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A brief history of plant milks

A brief history of plant milks


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Coconut milk

Coconut milk

Coconut originated from India and Southeast Asia but spread naturally to other Pacific Ocean coastlines.

Coconut milk is the liquid found when grating coconut meat. It can be very thick and creamy or thinner and more milk-like. Of all the plant milks, coconut milk has been consumed the longest.


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Soya milk

Soya milk

  • Soya beans come from China and are highly nutritious. Because of easy cultivation, it's grown in the Americas and Europe since the 19th century.
  • In 1866, Frenchman Paul Champion wrote about the Chinese drinking hot soya milk for breakfast.
  • In 1910, Chinese biologist and engineer Li Yu-Ying set up a dairy factory near Paris and patented "vegetable milk and its derivatives."
  • In 1956, the Plantmilk Society was founded in the UK to help create commercially viable plant milk. The final product was fortified with calcium, and vitamins B2, B12, and D2.


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Almond milk

Almond milk

Almond milk was a common ingredient in Christian and Islamic cultures in the Middle Ages. The first mention appeared in a Baghdadi cookery book from the 13th century.

Almond milk is easier to digest than cow's milk. It is seen as a beverage or food ingredient and is known for its therapeutic use. 


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Rice milk

Rice milk

Some people prefer rice milk to other plant milks, but it doesn't work that well in tea and coffee.

The history of rice milk is shorter. In 1921, the first rice milk factory, Vita Rice, was set up in San Francisco, and in 1990, Rice Dream started rice milk packaged in TetraPak aseptic cartons, making it more available.


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The traditional drink in Spanish-speaking countries is made from ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, cashews or tiger nuts.

Each country and regions have specific horchata recipes with ingredients varying widely. Some people add cow's milk, but the original drink was only plant-based.


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