In recent years there has been expanding consumer interest in where our food comes from, how it is produced and what is actually in the food we enjoy every day. By definition, organic foods should be farmed without the use of artificial chemicals fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms and, ideally, their producers and farmers should have achieved organic certification from the relevant authorities, working to their standards with regards to such issues as soil condition, animal feeds and methods of processing. And due to a growing awareness of the benefits of organic food, organic producers are getting more attention from the consumers of Qatar.
While organic produce in Qatar is generally a little more expensive compared to mass-produced fruits and vegetables, there has still been a steady increase in demand as a growing number of both Qataris and expatriates prefer to add some organic foods to their daily menu. This is especially true of younger people who have found that chefs from their favourite local hotels and restaurants in Qatar now often prefer to use the finest organic ingredients in their menu and food preparation. The most widely purchased organic foods are vegetables, fruits, grains, meat and dairy products. And many processed organic products are now also available including breakfast cereals, cookies and cakes etc.
So, for all of you organic food lovers out there, here is our round-up for the best organic food shops and services in Qatar.
By creating a whole community around local food, Torba Market promotes and encourages a livelihood for local farmers and enhances food knowledge and culture throughout Qatar. It is an open-air, weekly event that happens every Thursday and Friday at the Qatar Foundation. Torba Farmers Market operates seasonally from November through to March.
Qatar residents and visitors could come all year round at the Torba Store as opposed to just during the farmers market season. Shoppers can choose from eco-friendly items, plant-based food and items, local products, gardening supplies, and more. Online shopping and home delivery are also available.
READ MORE: Things to check out and buy at Torba Store
The Approved Market offers everything healthy from organic, keto, sugar free, gluten free, and plant-based products. A guilt-free market that specializes in providing balanced alternatives for people who choose to live a healthy lifestyle!
This health-food store in Qatar provides its customers with clean and healthy products, including organic and vegan food items. The shop sells juices and smoothies which are 100% organic. Its healthy salads and sandwiches are freshly made every day using only the finest ingredients.
The Hub is a specialty convenience store, a juice and salad bar, and a cafe all in-one! The store specially sources the highest quality healthy, organic and delicious products from around the world. Customers can order via The Hub App, or visit the store and enjoy fresh juices or coffee while selecting grocery items.
ARKELLAC's organic food products are "better in taste, chemical-free, preservative-free without adulteration, and are produced from organic seeds in an organic cultivation method."
Planet Organic World is a one-stop-shop for your organic needs. It offers a wide variety of products that range from gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and non-GMO.
Renowned French retail chain Monoprix has a wide range of organic, gluten-free products in addition to one of the biggest selections of fresh produce on the planet! Doha Festival City's Monoprix is the largest in the world and has an extensive range of locally known brands including the widest range of organic, fresh items from local farmers.
Mega Mart is a great place to source your healthy vegetables. They have a range of organic and gluten-free products, delicious cereals and much more.
You may already be familiar with the extensive line of fresh fruit and vegetables available at Carrefour, but they also carry a wide variety of organic and health food ranges from vegetables to dried fruits. The supermarket has introduced BIO by Carrefour -- an 'exclusive selection of organic food and wellness products'.
Locations: Carrefour currently has 10 branches across Qatar.
Lulu Hypermarket added a 'Speciality Food' section in its wide range of health and wellness products. Customers can choose from a wide variety of organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, and vegan foods.
Qatar's locally grown organic produce has become popular among locals and expats as they turn towards healthier lifestyles. Every organic farm in Qatar prides itself on a variety of quality vegetables and fruits grown in an organic environment.
What is clear is that consumers in Qatar can now obtain organic foods that have been produced as nature intended through sustainable farming processes that focus where possible on good soil and animal welfare.
Written by Khadiza Begum and updated by Marivie Alabanza.
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