IKEA Is Working On Mealworm Meatballs And Bug Burgers

Published : 3/15/2018

Ikea's innovation lab Space10 recently reimagined five classic dishes to be healthy, sustainable, and delicious.

"To change people's minds about food, to inspire them to try new ingredients, we can't just appeal to the intellect — we have to titillate their taste buds," Space10 wrote on Medium. "Which is why we've been working with our chef-in-residence to come up with dishes that look good, taste good, and are good for people and planet."

One of their new dishes is called the Dogless Hotdog. It's a veggie "dog" made up of dried and glazed carrots, onions, cucumber, herbs, beet and berry ketchup, and a mustard and turmeric cream. But it's the bun that's worthy of a headline here. It's bright green and made of a micro-algae called spirulina.

According to Space10, spirulina "contains more beta carotene than carrots, more chlorophyll than wheatgrass, and 50 times more iron than spinach." It's also got more protein than a "real" hotdog.

"Feeling bugged out? Then you probably don't want to know what's really in your beef burger, chicken nugget or pork sausage…" Space10 wrote. And, unlike those options, mealworms are both sustainable and nutritious.

"Our latest take on the IKEA meatball, the Neatball, is designed to get people thinking about reducing their meat consumption, using local produce and trying alternative proteins," Space10 wrote on Medium.

In addition to the three dishes, Space10 developed a "LOKAL Salad," made of microgreens grown in a basement using nutrient-rich water without any soil, a "Microgreen Ice Cream" made of the same microgreens that comes in fennel, coriander, basil, mint, or a combination of flavors, and their own take on a popsicle, which is made with hydroponically-grown "woodruff, coriander, Spanish chervil and sorrel."

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