A 3D-printed snack with mushroom spores and sprouts (via Edible Growth)

3D-printing has revolutionized the way we think about design and objects, but it can also do the same for food. Food and concept designer Chloé Rutzerveld has created Edible Growth, a project which aims to make 3D-printed snacks that are tasty and good for you. The snack is composed of a pastry shell made using a paste made of insect flour that can be substituted for a pizza crust type dough. The shell is then 3D-printed on a special design printer created by research organization TNO. Inside the pastry are seeds, mushroom spores, and yeast which will sprout in the course of a few days. The consumer can decide when to harvest the snack depending on how intense they want the flavor and structure.


Rutzerveld's goal for Edible Growth  is to not only add nutritious options for 3D-printed food, but to also minimize waste and carbon emissions. On her website she writes “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.”


While the snack cannot be printed yet, the project will be on display at several exhibitions this year: at the Munich Creative Business Week in Germany in March, the Noorbrabands Museum in the Netherlands, and at the Foodtopia exhibition at Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands. The snack may look a little strange, but it will change the way we think about creating food.



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