“What are we printing up for lunch today?” That could be a question that might be asked more often in households around the world in the future. At least if Austrian startup Revo Foods has its way. Vegan salmon from the 3D printer is just the beginning and a “game-changer,” according to the developers. After all, in the U.S., there are already the first houses that are printed.
Revo Foods: 3D-printed vegan salmon with natural texture
The self-printed, second-generation vegan salmon fillet that Austrian start-up Revo Foods has now unveiled is said to be virtually indistinguishable from real salmon in terms of its natural texture.
The pressure fish was unveiled at the “Have a Taste of the Future” tasting event on May 30, 2022 in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Ten journalists and gastronomy experts were able to convince themselves on site of the texture, taste and quality of the vegan salmon fillet.
A three-course menu was created by celebrity chef Siegfried Kröpf, which focused on a variety of fish specialties. The main course, however, then came up with the special: Vegan plant-based salmon from the 3D printer. Paired with delicious green asparagus. Kröpf served cherry tomatoes, potatoes and a hollandaise sauce with it.
“The texture is almost too perfect. Are you sure this is vegan?” One of the participants reportedly asked the team members.
What is the vegan salmon made of?
Developing a textured vegan salmon fillet presented Revo Foods with a challenge. This was despite the fact that the company has had an initial version of the plant-based smoked salmon on the market for some time. This consisted largely of tofu.
But for the new version 2.0, the “game-changer” salmon fillet is said to perfectly mimic the texture and taste of real salmon. Based on pea protein and algae extracts, it’s not only protein-rich, but also packed with omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains vitamin D and B12, as well as various vegetable oils.
It is prepared like the real fish. It can be steamed, deep-fried or fried. The team is said to have spent more than two years researching the second generation. Two patents for new technologies were also filed for this purpose.
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In production, the company’s vegan salmon is said to require 77 – 86 percent less CO2 than regular salmon. At the same time, the production prevents overfishing, reveals the company. Vegan salmon from the 3D printer: what sounds like a vision of the future could soon become reality. According to Revo Foods, the new product should be available in stores as early as the beginning of 2023.