Are you a vegetarian? Or perhaps experimenting with more meat-free meals due to the growing green scene? Well, we've got great news for you. There's a brand new player in town, so I was thrilled when Catherine asked me to write this guest review. Quorn has certainly raised the bar in ‘mock meats' and demonstrates how today's food technology can be instrumental in our future food solutions. You'll just never guess where it originates from ...
Guest review by dietitian Emma Stirling APD from The Scoop on Nutrition
Described as a mycoprotein, Quorn is a high-quality protein grown, harvested and fermented from a member of the fungi family. Think morels and truffles, not mould and spores and you'll be able to stomach it. The idea was first sparked way back in the 1960's by British nutritionists, due to concerns about feeding the growing world population. After years of development, Quorn is now enjoyed by one in five households in the United Kingdom. You can read more on the Quorn story and obtain further info here.
For health professionals, there is a Mycoprotein and Health article here by the British Nutrition Foundation.
The product we chose to review was Quorn Mince (300 g pack) in a Chili Con Quorn recipe supplied by the manufacturer. The frozen Quorn Mince looks like this:
Catherine was also impressed with the mince made into a Bolognese sauce as well as the Quorn Southern Style Burgers she road tested at home.
The range - all frozen - also includes plenty of family dinner and party time alternatives for those vegetarian guests: Quorn Lasagne, Cottage Pie, Sausages, Schnitzels, Sausage Rolls, Dippers (see picture below), Pieces and Pasties.
Unlike frozen beef mince, Quorn Mince does not freeze in a ‘clump', so it can be added straight to the cooking process without defrosting or browning and is easily worked into the sauce. A handy surprise.
As I enjoy eating and feeding my family (and man) the essential nutrients in red meat, I can't see Quorn being a major player in our mealtime repertoire. But I will certainly keep a couple of items on standby for those times when our vegetarian friends call in with their kids for one of our birthday parties or BBQ's. And for a quick family dinner, I'll keep Quorn Mince in the freezer as it's so easy to work with. But if you are a vegetarian, I think you will soon fall in love with the Quorn range.
Quorn in the news
Natural food colours from fungus
Pigments from fungus could be used as a source of natural food colourings, according to a new review from Denmark. Food manufacturers' interest in fungus has been "revived" after one ingredient supplier gained EU approval for using fungi to synthesise beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A). Many fungi and lichens are known to naturally produce and secrete a wide range of pigments, with a considerable range of colours. Read more.
Food Standards Aust New Zealand (FSANZ) issued a position statement saying quorn is NOT classified as a novel food due to its long usage in the UK and US. It is not aware of any medical reactions to quorn in Australia at present. Read more.