Think again — this vegan cheese substitute is delicious.

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Forget everything you think you know about vegan cheese substitutes. Chelo Cultured Cashew Crème is a delicious, creamy spread that can be used as a tapenade, mixed with pasta, as a mayonnaise or sour cream substitute, or just eaten on a cracker.

Chelo was created by a nutritional therapist on Vashon Island for her clients who were sensitive to dairy. Using natural fermentation and ingredients such as cashews, water, coconut oil and salt, she created the cream-cheese-textured product.

It’s dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, vegan and probiotic. Six flavors, including Kalamata Olive and Garlic Herb, are available.

$10 at New Seasons Market, Thriftway (Vashon) and area farmers markets