If we’d told you about “superfoods” ten years ago, chances are you wouldn’t have known what on earth we’re talking about. Today the term “superfood”, which right or wrongly ascribes “super” health benefits to certain foods, like kale and spinach, is everywhere.
But many of those superfoods are often not readily available at the average supermarket, which is why one Israeli company has come up with a technology that will allow people to “print” a trendy new superfood, called Khai Nam, right from the comfort of their home.
Khai Nam, meaning “water eggs” in Thai, is a vegetable that thrives in the wetlands of Thailand, Burma and Laos. With a flavor similar to sweet cabbage, and a natural crispy texture, this “green caviar” will delight your taste buds and can be added to almost any food or drink. Grown in the optimal conditions provided by the Green Onyx, the vegetable can reproduce quickly, making it easy to supply a fresh, organic, and ready-to-eat snack. You won’t even have to travel to the Far East to get it.
Instead, Israeli research biologist Dr. Tsipi Shoham and her husband Benny Shoham, a Technion-trained electronics engineer, created a high-tech system, similar to a 3D printer for food, designed to grow and process Khai-Nam using just capsules, tap water, and electricity. The countertop machine then delivers this super vegetable in either liquefied or paste form with the press of a button. Khai-Nam, which, according to the company, is packed with nutrients and comparable to eating kale, broccoli, and spinach, can be easily added to smoothies, soups, salads, and more.