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Sat Oct 22 13:58:15 SAST 2016

Food for thought: Insects and electricity Stick this one in the bank make interesting eating

Shelley Seid | 19 October, 2016 08:34

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: The "mini revolution", the call for smaller bottles, has hit the wine industry.

The growth of single-person households has almost doubled over the past 15 years and this, together with growing concern over the environment, has led to a call for smaller, more convenient packaging. New markets like China that don't have a culture and history of buying 750ml glass bottles, represent 71% of wine consumed in portion packs. Millennials are also more likely to buy smaller wine packs so they can try out new tastes with less risk - and less wastage. The sale of portion packs of wine of less than 600ml are expected to grow by almost 5% over the next couple of years.


Pasta made with 20% cricket flour is on show at London Food Tech Week, as well as insect ice cream and the cricket-flour energy bar Crobar.


Crickets, with twice the protein level of beef and more iron than spinach, are being presented in forms acceptable to Western palates. Researchers predict the global bug market will be worth $1.5-billion by 2021.


Scientist Adrian Cheok has invented a device that magically changes the taste of the bland and bleh into something much nicer. He created the "Taste Buddy" to make vegetables taste like chocolate.


The device, which will be built into cutlery, emits low-level electrical currents that fool your tastebuds.


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