Organic food has become a bit of a throw-away expression, with people claiming they only buy it, but then eat junk. Of course, everyone knows that it’s supposed to be the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly option. In Dubai, it is starting to gain real popularity. Restaurants, supermarkets, and food vans proclaim to be the cleanest and most organic option. However, is it really worth buying?
So what does organic really mean?
In a nutshell, it is defined as food has been grown free of pesticides, additives, and preservatives, and also adheres to the philosophy of ecological farming. It covers a massive cross section of the food market, however, when you go to restaurants it tends to represent healthier food options and better quality.
Buying organic in Dubai
The Dubai organic market is booming. New supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants are opening, pushing the 100% organic, 100% fair trade and sustainable angle. One of the most popular roasteries in Dubai states that they roast 2.7 tonnes per week of ethically-sourced and organic-certified beans each month to give the consumer a far superior coffee experience.
Dubai seems to be moving away from the massive named brand stores and broadening out into smaller, more personal markets. However, this does come with a heftier price tag. You are of course paying for the personal experience and it is assumed the markets will have a cooler and somewhat more chilled out atmosphere.
The same can be said for groceries, with supermarkets advertising speciality produce such as romanesco cauliflower, purple artichokes, and red bananas.
So what about the price difference? The price jump can be a bit of a shock, but there is something to be said for paying more. The food is fresher, tastes better, with a wider range of produce, allowing chefs to experiment in the kitchen.
The future of organic in Dubai
Now that organic has firmly rooted itself in Dubai we can be sure to see more options and brands. There has been a lot more focus on good, wholesome, vegetarian food. Locally-sourced fish from Oman is a must try. You can also access produce grown in other Emirates delivered straight to your table.
Is it worth it?
Organic may seem like a bit of a buzzword, simply meaning “expensive”, however, it does open the door to a wealth of fantastic and innovative dishes. Chefs feel compelled to do something truly exciting with their fresh and delicious produce. So even though your wallet feels a little lighter, your body will thank you in the long run!