One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Rastafarian culture) organically grown vegetarian food, cooked without salt.‘some herb, some ital, some music, that was all I needed to live in unity and peace and love’as modifier ‘ital vegetables growing in the kitchen garden’
- ‘Like many traditional dishes, there seems to be a variety of ways to prepare ital rundown (the non-ital kind involves pickled herring).’
- ‘‘Ital is vital’ best summarizes the Rastafarian belief that pure food from the earth is the most physically and spiritually beneficial.’
- ‘‘People can expect to eat real ital food while they enjoy the music as well,’ he says excitedly.’
From I (used by Rastafarians to signify value) + vital or vittle.
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