Thursday April 19th @ Ginger, 8 Balfour St., Jerusalem
7:00 pm ITAL: A Traditional Rastafarian Dinner
Rastafarians eat to nourish the body, the mind, and the soul. Their purely
vegetarian cuisine, called "ITAL" (from the word "vital"), fosters life,
while eating animal carcasses turns the body into a cemetery.
The Rastafarians, some of whom are ascetics, believe that the body is a
temple of God, and needs to be kept healthy, free of poisons, and protected
from intentional harm such as tattoos, piercing, eating of meat/milk. Most
Rastafarians are vegetarians, some are vegan and the most religious refrain
from cooked, processed or artificial food. Some refrain from salt, sugar,
alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes. Ganja, however, is considered sacred plant
and recommended to open the mind.
Their vegetarian Ideal is based on Genesis 1, 29: "Then God said, 'I give
you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree
that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food'."
The ITAL cuisine is inspired by Indian and African cuisines, and includes a
lot of fruit and vegetables - mango, papaya, banana, sweet potato, and
pumpkin. Many dishes are flavored with coconut milk, cinnamon, and ginger.
Cooking is typically done in clay pots.
The most famous Rastafarian was Bob Marley, who used to eat only ITAL.
25 NIS recommended donation for the food.
Ginger - the Vegetarian Community Center
8 Balfour Street, Jerusalem; telephone: 02-5665737
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