Scientists have dished up the world’s first 3D-printed lab-grown fish, claiming it flakes and ‘melts in your mouth’ just like the real deal.
Cells were grown in a lab to create the futuristic grouper fillets, without the need to put further pressure on dwindling fish populations.
In a matter of months, Israel-based Steakholder Foods hopes to bring its food to the market, allowing others to try the ‘world-class’ fish for themselves.
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‘We are delighted to have produced the world’s first whole fillet cultivated fish in partnership with Steakholder Foods,’ said Mihir Pershad, CEO of Umami Meats which supplied the fish cells.
‘In this first tasting, we showcased a cultivated product that flakes, tastes, and melts in your mouth exactly like excellent fish should. In the coming months, we intend to announce our plans for bringing this world-class cultivated fish to the market.’
Scientists have dished up the world’s first 3D-printed lab-grown fish, claiming it flakes and ‘melts in your mouth’ just like the real deal
Singapore-based Umami Meats extracted cells from a grouper before growing them into fat.
Scientists customised bio-inks – materials used in 3D printing to form artificial tissue – to produce their fish product.
These inks are usually made up of cells but can also incorporate gel-like and plant-based materials.
In this case, Singapore-based Umami Meats extracted cells from a grouper before growing them into muscles and fat.
When put inside the 3D printer, this flesh gained mass as a glass dish swiped back and fourth.
A flaky fish prototype was formed as a result of this, mimicking the texture of cooked fish.
This fish can be cooked as soon as it’s printed, unlike cultivated meats which still require incubation and maturation after printing.
In the future, Steakholder Foods hopes to use its printer to create various different species of fish while working with numerous industry players.