Europe has been a leader in introducing new, unique and sometimes odd ice cream dishes to market. Not that long ago, breast milk ice cream debuted in London causing a mixed array of blessings and criticism. The latest ice cream dish to be released in Europe is made from the reedlike plant called Lupin, making the ice cream completely plant-based.
Lupin-based ice cream is supposed to taste more like a creamy dairy-based ice cream and according to informal taste tests it is living up to those standards.
Those who are lactose intolerant have had the option of soy-based ice creams, however those often lacked in taste and texture appeal. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute believe they have solved the problem by using sweet blue lupin as a base.
Plant-based ice cream using lupin has a higher-quality protein level than ice creams made from soy. This is what gives lupin-based ice cream a texture and creaminess closer to dairy ice creams, but allows those who are lactose intolerant to still enjoy a scoop without any nasty side effects.
According to Deutsche Welle, Kaushik Shankar, a food analyst at Frost & Sullivan said in a phone interview, “The other proteins have a problem with texture, with mouthfeel and general consumer acceptance. The trend that we also saw for daily proteins in the ice cream application and so forth is that manufacturers would like to have a higher lactose content because that is what gives better mouthfeel and texture.”
Scientists at Fraunhofer Institute have released the plant-based ice cream recipe to a company is calling the lupin based ice cream “Lupinesse”. It is available in a variety of flavors including strawberry mousse, vanilla cherry, and chocolate at a cost of approximately $4 per half liter. So far, “Lupinesse” is only available to European consumers in a few grocers, but the product has a likely chance of spreading to other grocers, supermarkets and other countries because of how widespread lactose intolerance is.
According to USA Today, 60% of adults can’t digest milk so many seek to find alternative options. Lupin-based ice cream will also be another option for vegans instead of soy-based ice cream.