“Breakthrough solution” for plant-based foods: Parabel plans commercial production of water lentil hydrolysate
Parabel USA, a producer of plant protein ingredients from water lentils, is preparing for the commercial production of its colorless water lentil hydrolysate ingredient, scheduled for the end of this year. This product is designed to be an allergen-free substitute for any plant protein used today, such as soy or pea. The functional ingredient contains 65-70 percent hydrolyzed protein for use in meat analogs, in addition to offering a complete amino acid profile. The ingredient is also marketed as an ideal solution in the sports protein market.
“In conjunction with its complete amino acid profile and high digestibility the water lentil hydrolysate will be an easy drop-in solution to everything plant- based – from burgers and sausages to sports nutrition and beverages,” says Anthony Tiarks, CEO of Parabel.
Parabel’s Lentein products are Non-GMO Project Verified and are certified Kosher and Halal.
Water lentils (Lemnoideae) are pegged by the company as a sustainable choice for plant-based manufacturers concerned about the food system’s impact on climate change, particularly meat production industries such as the livestock sector.
The water lentil hydrolysate is Parabel’s newest addition to its Lentein protein line, which now includes a plant milk, superfood supplement and flour. Parabel is currently finalizing its second water lentil farm, bringing the capacity for Lentein plant protein to 3,500 Metric Tons (MT) per year. The location of the two farms and the pilot plant are in an “Opportunity Zone” – a designation created by the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that allows for certain investments in lower income areas to have tax advantages – and situated close to the company’s headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida.
Parabel highlights that its rapidly growing aquatic plant thrives in open water and produces a significantly high yield due to frequent harvests. In addition, the company notes that water lentils’ hydroponic infrastructure is highly scalable. Parabel grows the water lentils in hydroponic ponds in Florida where the water gets recycled to 98 percent. Because this crop doubles itself in 24 to 36 hours, the company harvests every day, meaning that the plant’s yield of food per acre is higher than any other land-based crops.
Protein-rich water lentils are grown in hydroponic ponds, where they double in yield within 24 to 36 hours.
Parabel’s production process takes 30 minutes, from “farm to table,” without the use of chemicals in processing. To date, Parabel has 96 patents for its technology in growing and processing water lentils.