Called Edible Growth, it’s still a concept, but the idea is to print an individually designed shell that contains spores, yeast and seeds. After five days, the mushrooms and plants mature, and yeast fermentation turns the solid insides liquid. And here you go, a healthy snack. You’re very literally eating a garden.
“Before we can actually speak of 3D printed food, a lot of research and development needs to be done. Because at this point, companies only succeeded in printing sugar sculptures, chocolate and other unhealthy sweets, transforming product A in product A with a different shape. The products that are made can not be called ‘food’ and other than the aesthetics aspects, they have no additional value or necessities to be printed.
My aim was to use this new food technology in a useful way to create natural, healthy, sustainable and nutrient rich food that can not be made with traditional production methods and contributes to our and the environments wellbeing. With Edible Growth a lot of unnecessary stages of the food chain disappear with as result a reduction of food waste, food miles and Co2 emission. At the same time the consumer will become more involved and conscious about the food they eat.
Edible Growth is at this point still a future food concept which can not be printed yet. In order to make it more research and experiments related to the software, hardware and ingredient composition are necessary. “