Jul 18, 2019Scientists create single-use edible dishware made from apples
A few years ago, biotechnologists from Samara State Technical University took up the development of edible food film, which could reduce the amount of waste from traditional plastic packaging.
According to a July 18 report published by phys.org, the product obtained by Samara scientists is made exclusively from natural ingredients, with no dyes or preservatives.
An adhesive substance used in the edible film and edible dishware is completely safe and made exclusively from natural plant materials. It is not obtained by chemical synthesis, it does not contain harmful impurities, it is widely used for the production of a number of food products.
In developing food film formulations, scientists experimented with raw materials from various fruits, berries and vegetables, including apples and carrots, currants and chokeberries, plums and strawberries, green beans, pumpkins and blueberries. However, the scientists found that apple is more suitable for edible dishware, since it has the best taste and viscoplastic properties. For example, an apple-based cup could withstand boiling water poured into it, and holds liquid for two to three hours.
Samara Polytech scientists are planning to bring apple dishware to the market, this they need to automate the process of its manufacture.
Edible glasses made of apples. Photo: Samara Polytech