his is a story of innovation in the Australian grains industry. Innovation is so often talked about, but how often do we see developments that open new food categories and make a difference to the consumption of a whole class of agricultural products. I have had the privilege of working with a great team at BRI Australia, which is now run under the banner of the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre (AEGIC), to deliver an exciting innovation that opens many opportunities for the Australian food industry.
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Pulses are the edible dried seeds of legumes. They include lentils, chick peas, dried peas and faba beans. The United Nations have made 2016, the year of the pulses, [VYLJVNUPZL[OLZPNUPÄJHUJL[OLZLZLLKZWSH`PUNSVIHS nutrition. Across the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, pulses are consumed as a food staple. Pulses have HOPNOWYV[LPUJVU[LU[HYLYPJOPUKPL[HY`ÄIYLHUKHYLH powerhouse of micronutrients.
alternative for families, child care centres and food outlets seeking to avoid the risk of nuts. Mung beans are not a listed allergen and are considered extremely safe for those with allergies. NotNuts now includes a range of spreads with a nut-free alternative to Nutella and a crunchy NotNuts butter option. The product has even been used to produce nut-free satay sauce which has the potential to remove the risk of peanut exposure for food service, airlines and YLZ[H\YHU[Z6\[VMHUPUUV]H[PVU[VTVKPM`W\SZLÅH]V\Y a solution to reduce the risk of peanut allergy has been discovered.
Apart from baked beans and hummus, the average Australian rarely encounters pulses in their diet. In 2003, I questioned why Western diets did not include more pulses. (M[LYZLHYJOPUNMVYHUZ^LYZ0JVUJS\KLK[OH[ÅH]V\Y was at the heart of the issue. Many of the pulses have a Z[YVUN¸ILHU`¹VY¸NYHZZ`¹ÅH]V\Y[OH[PUTHU`JHZLZPZ considered bitter and unpleasant. This is often masked when pulses are eaten with curries and other strong ÅH]V\YZ 4`)90[LHTZL[V\[[VTVKPM`[OLÅH]V\YVMW\SZLZ[V make them more acceptable to Western tastes. The Z[HY[PUNVIQLJ[P]L^HZ[VUL\[YHSPZL[OLÅH]V\YZV[OH[ pulses could be used to add nutrition to a range of mainstream foods.
Using the new technology, mung beans gave the strongest YVHZ[LKWLHU\[ÅH]V\YHUK[OLSVNPJHSUL_[Z[LW^HZ to produce a ‘peanut butter’, but without peanuts. The TVKPÄLKT\UNILHUÅV\Y^VYRLK^LSSPUHZWYLHKHUK[OPZ product is now under commercialisation as NotNuts. This innovation delivers a highly nutritious food spread that is free of nuts, soy, gluten and dairy. It provides an incredible
A Brisbane company, Foods from the Earth, purchased the rights to the technology, including the patents that protect these developments. They are now exploring a wide range VMHWWSPJH[PVUZMVY[OLW\SZLÅV\YZHUKRPIISLZIL`VUK[OL highly successful spreads. Many of the applications provide U\[YP[PVUHUKÅH]V\YMVYNS\[LUMYLLWYVK\J[ZPUJS\KPUN! batters, breakfast cereals and baked goods. It is anticipated that this technology will create a new market for Australian pulses as the opportunities for export HYLZPNUPÄJHU[;OPZ^PSSILULÄ[(\Z[YHSPHUW\SZLMHYTLYZHUK our food industry.
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