History of Seitan

The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was approximately 1500 years ago. Around the same time, a group of Buddhists in China had the idea to create a protein rich food from wheat, completely vegan which aligned with their beliefs, and on that day seitan was born.

It wasn’t until much, much later that it became known as seitan. That didn’t happen until the early 1960’s. Japanese born George Ohsawa coined the word.

George was an interesting character. He was born in 1893 into a poor family in Shinju City and his family couldn’t afford more than a basic education for him. Despite this, he went on to write around 300 books in both Japanese and French.

George was a pacifist and during the Second World War he wrote a book that predicted Japan’s defeat. He was incarcerated for this and narrowly escaped death. He was the founder of the macrobiotic diet, its major principles are to reduce animal products, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consume meals in moderation. George was ahead of his time.
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