Edible Growth: 3D-printed Snacks that Sprout Plants and Mushrooms

Edible Growth is an ongoing project by Eindhoven-based food designer Chloé Rutzerveld who developed a concept for “healthy and sustainable” 3D-printed snacks that sprout plants and mushrooms for flavor. The concept involves a specially printed outer casing made from dough that contains “edible soil” and various seeds. Once printed, it takes a few days for the seeds and mushrooms to germinate after which they start to poke out of the small holes on top. As the plants and mushrooms grow, the flavor also develops, transforming into what Rutzerveld claims is a fresh, nutritious and tasty snack after only a few days. The aim of the project was to investigate ways that 3D printing could be used in the food industry. “By 3D printing food you can make the production chain very short, the transport will be less, there is less land needed,” says Rutzerveld.”But also you can experiment with new structures. You can surprise the consumer with new food and things that haven’t been done before.” However, Rutzerveld’s project is still at the research and development stage and she admits it will be a long time before anyone is able to 3D-print her snacks at home.

Edible Growth: 3D-printed Snacks that Sprout Plants and Mushrooms
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Creativity With Food: Food Art on Plate

It looks like some people not only like to play with food, and especially like the plate food on plate! Year ago, we showed some interesting seasonal landscape on plate by Andrea Bricco, and today there is another artist Hong Yi (aka Red) who create her food art on a white plate background. The idea behind this project is to convince people “Creativity is all around us. We can get creative with anything, even with limited tools, and that like a child, we’ll see joy and fun even in ordinary, everyday items.

Creativity With Food: Food Art on Plate by Hong Yi
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Foodscape: a Dreamy World of Food by Carl Warner

Carl Warner is a London-based photographer who uses fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to create foodscape and bring his imagination to life. Mr Warner starts work by drawing his ideas on paper. He then buys the produce and spends between one and three days assembling it with the help of pins and superglue. After photographing those setup layer after layer, he assembles them into one image in post-production which creates those dreamy landscapes and homey domestic scenes.

In Warner’s latest book “A World of Food” presents 12 of his amazing pictures – playful verse accompanies each image, guiding viewers through the pictures and inviting them to figure out the various foods used. And the idea behind that is to encourage healthier eating among younger children. Such a wonderful book for parents and children to look through together. And if you are interested in Warner’s fantastical world, you can check our previous posts about Warner’s work – “Fascinating Scape Work” and “Fascinating Food Landscape“.

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1. Cart & Banana Balloon
Foodscape: a Dreamy World of Food by Carl Warner
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