Eating a piece of fruit that was printed by a machine is cool and novel and The Future, but it’s insanely impractical compared to simply eating a piece of fruit grown on a tree by Mother Nature. That’s why one of the most interesting aspects of the 3D-printed food trend isn’t nutrition, but the shape and aesthetics of the manufactured meal.
Over in Cambridge, England, the design studio Dovetailed recently unveiled 3D-printed “fresh fruit on demand,” and what’s most compelling is what the food looks like. Through ‘spherification,’ liquid drops with different flavors are formed into custom shapes like strawberry-flavored raspberries. The technology is aimed at chefs or foodies interested in “creative dining experiences.”
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