Delicious plant-based ice cream with lupin proteins

Delicious and plant-based ice cream with lupin proteins

10:58 AM, 2nd August 2011
Delicious and plant-based ice cream with lupin proteins
Fraunhofer researchers have developed a non-dairy ice cream containing valuable lupin proteins.


MUNICH, GERMANY: Summer without ice cream - for many, it’s unthinkable. But those who are milk or lactose-intolerant must often go without. Fraunhofer researchers now offer an alternative: “Lupinesse” - the purely plant-based delicacy that is free of lactose and cholesterol, with valuable lupin protein. The ice cream made its debut on the shelves of EDEKA supermarket chain.

During the summer days, with the latest research, the pleasure of ice cream is availaible even to those who cannot tolerate dairy products. Vanilla-Cherry, Strawberry-Mousse, Walnut Dream and Choco-Flakes, are the four Lupinesse flavours on offer at EDEKA Suedbayern and EDEKA Suedwest in Germany. The new ice cream uses formulas, that are purely a plant-based product, containing valuable proteins from the seeds of the indigenous blue sweet lupin and completely free of lactose, gluten, cholesterol and animal proteins and fats.

“We had already written off the lupins in the late 1990s,” recalled Klaus Mueller of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, Germany. But then came a suggestion from Gerhard Kloth, a lupin expert, to use the blue sweet lupin.

The secret behind the special flavour lies in the selection of the lupin variety, combined with a special production method. The blue sweet lupin is particularly rich in protein, has a balanced flavour, flourishes when grown in Germany and naturally improves soil quality with its nitrogen-binding roots. The researchers use the high-quality protein from the seeds to make the ice cream. “The high portion of protein is important for the creamy consistency,” explained Mueller. Since lupin protein has cholesterol-regulating effects, it is nutritiously valuable as well.

A spinoff of the IVV, Prolupin GmbH, is in charge of producing and marketing the ice cream. The company co operates with “PlantsProFood - Food from the Blue Sweet Lupin,” a growers’ initiative sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and involving a total of 14 partners. Lupin is has been used to produce lupin protein since January 2011.

Hans Georg Maier, Managing Director of EDEKA Suedbayern GmbH, explained the expansion in the ice cream assortment: “Our nutrition-conscious customers can now have a brand new food product in the form of Lupinesse ice cream. Even people who are allergic to dairy protein and lactose-intolerant people can have a safe way to enjoy ice cream. This non-dairy ice cream is a first; there has never been a product like this on the market until now. It will certainly meet with wide acceptance.”

Lupinesse is produced by Helados Alacant according to recipes devised by Fraunhofer developers. Following the low-fat sausage also developed by IVV experts, this non-dairy ice cream is the second Fraunhofer product to be brought to market by EDEKA.

©2011 Fraunhofer Gesellschaft News




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