Everyone must know that soy or eggs can be a meat substitute material because it is rich in protein. But apparently protein needs can also be met from fly larvae harvested from the machine. Want to try?
Woman from Austria, Katharine Unger, developing a new engine, named Farm to harvest 432 pounds of larvae every week and enough for two meals. Industrial design graduate of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna is developing the idea because he wanted to tackle livestock meat industry by producing proteins that nobody else in the house comes from the larvae of flies.
Larvae were processed using Farm 432 will smell like potato flour with the taste a bit ‘spicy’ and solid. This machine is designed with light and space Unger enough for fly larvae to grow and produce. Although the current design of the tool is still in use in the home kitchen, but the system could be improved for use in the professional kitchen.
“This tool is easy to use by anyone, you just need to put some black flies and here they will breed and then moved to a larger space to produce larvae,” Unger said, as quoted by the Daily Mail, Thursday (1/8 / 2013).
Then, the larvae will be in a separate area and then it will move to the top of the tube. Once processed, the larvae will be directed into containers such as cups and ready to be eaten. Some larvae which fell back into the machine will be processed again.
Unger chose black flies because it’s kind of easy to breed animals and contains high calcium, amino acids, and 42 percent protein. The amount is double the protein content in chicken breast. One gram of black fly eggs can produce 2.4 kg of protein after processing at Farm 432 for 432 hours.
“But if the black flies are not to your taste, then the larvae of other animals can also be used,” said Unger. In 2050, meat production is expected to increase 50 percent to meet the needs of a rising population.
“Since we’ve been using one third of agricultural land for the production of animal feed, it is necessary to develop new methods of production alternative food sources,” said Unger.
Recent reports indicate that the insect is one viable source of protein for humans such as grasshoppers or ants can be packed into protein substitute that is not more dangerous than beef cattle. To eat the larvae, Unger recommend using tomato risotto.
“I love mixing parboiled rice with rice and larvae, then I add a lot of tomato sauce in it and a little parmesan cheese. Then add a little parsley or basil on it, then you become perfect dish,” says Unger.