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Information about mycoprotein including what it is, how it's made and its culinary uses



What is Mycoprotein?

Mycoprotein is a meat free protein which is made principally from Fusarium venenatum, which is an ascomycota, one of the largest groups within the fungi family. This group also includes truffles and morels. It is one of a genus of filamentous fungi, meaning it is comprised of a web of finely spun strands (hyphae). a member of the fungi family which is low in fat and high in protein and fibre.


How is Mycoprotein made?

There is currently no genetic modification used in the production of micoprotein which  is made by fermentation process in which oxygen, nitrogen, glucose and minerals are added to the fungus Fusarium venenatum. Solids are continuously removed, heated, and then water is removed. the resulting material is then mixed with free-range egg to bind and is then further processed into shaped products and frozen which helps the fibres bind together to create a meat-like structure.


How is Mycoprotein used?

Products made with Mycoprotein have a meat-like texture but very little flavour, making it ideal for use as a meat substitute in recipes containing other ingredients and flavourings..


Once the process is complete, mycoprotein is formed into various meat substitute products used in ready meals, grills, sausages, burgers and deli slices, as well as cooking ingredients such as mince, pieces and strips. Probably the best known use of mycoprotein is in  Quorn™ products, which were first launched in the UK in the 1980s. All Quorn™ products are marketed as a meat-free form of high quality protein.


As mentioned above, unlike other meat alternatives, Mycoprotein has no strong aftertaste, and is great at absorbing the flavours used in the recipe, making it the perfect substitute if you already have a great tasting recipe using bold flavours. Although we do have a few Quorn™ recipes on this site, you can find many more Quorn vegetarian recipes plus lots of  information and ideas on the main Quorn™ website.


NOTE:  Mycoprotein and products which use mycoprotein are not suitable for vegans due to the  use of free range egg its production.

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