The days of 3D printing organic, edible fruit are upon us, thanks to food design company Dovetailed and Microsoft Research Cambridge.
By using a groundbreaking molecular-gastronomy technique called spherification, this company's 3D printer can turn liquid flavored droplets into fruit-like material. The fun part is that Dovetailed's 3D printer isn't just limited to creating already existing fruits. It actually provides foodies with the opportunity to experiment around and invent their own new fruits of different shapes, size and even taste.
The company hasn't explained the working mechanism behind their product, but experts believe it would likely revolve around combining fruit puree or juice with alginic acid. The mixture is then dropped into a bowl of cold calcium chloride, which turns it into tiny caviar-like spheres. Then giving it fruit-like shapes through molds shouldn't be a problem.
“The taste, texture, size and shape of the fruit can all be customized,” said Dovetailed's chief inventor Gabriel Villar.
Moreover, it isn't a product just for those in the food industry who are familiar with molecular gastronomy. Any food enthusiast with a liking for fruit can use Dovetailed's printer to provide their taste buds with fruity flavors that nature can't offer.
"Our 3D fruit printer will open up new possibilities not only to professional chefs but also to our home kitchens – allowing us to enhance and expand our dining experiences,” Dovetailed founder Vaiva Kalnikait said.
Check out Dovetailed's official video here: