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History of Tofu

Tofu is made ​​from soybeans, grown for millennia. In Asian countries, it is nick named the "Queen of vegetables." Tofu is known for over 2000 years in China. The word comes from the term "doufu" and is of Chinese origin. History tells us that two centuries before Christ, tofu can be found in Mongolian cuisine. The eight century Buddhist monks have made it known to the Japanese. They are the ones who gave it the name tofu that we know today. Besides, across Asia they are the biggest consumers in the world.

Around 1750, the soybean was introduced in North America. Not until 1924 were soybeans grown in Canada. A researcher at the University of Guelph, Ontario, developed a soybean variety for the climate here.

But we in Quebec, we should honor Mr. Norbert Argiles, who is the innovator of tofu as we know it. Mr. Argiles is a Quebecer of Spanish origin who decided to go to California in order to learn the methods for making tofu. He returned to Quebec and he shared with us his passion. Subsequently, he moved to Prevost, in the Laurentians, where the company Unisoya was opened in 1980.

In 1986, the company Unisoya was purchased by Mr Real and Bernard Beaulieu. From the very beginning, the purpose of the Beaulieu brothers was to have a complete vertical business. This is the only company to offer a tofu product that requires the cultivation of soybeans (GMO free), manufacture and thereafter the product is reflected in the counters of your grocery store and natural food stores

We can see the tofu has come a long way before reaching your plate!


Important points to remember!

• Soybeans have been grown in China for over 2000 years.

• In Asia, tofu is consumed daily, particularly in Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

• Tofu is a food that can be dubbed “the food cameleon" because it absorbs the taste of the food to which it is incorporated.

• Tofu is and excellent substitute for meat.

• The nature of a good tofu depends largely on the quality of soybeans and water used in its manufacture.

• A quality tofu has a smooth, silky texture and is slightly spongy.

• Tofu is cholesterol and gluten free.

• UNISOYA Tofu is made from non-GMO soybeans.

• UNISOYA is the oldest manufacturer of Tofu in Quebec, for over 25 years.

• Tofu is a source of omega-6 and omega-3

• Our Feta flavored soy paste and Tofu are low in saturated fat.


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