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Australian uses 'ugly' fruit to create food powderCutting back on food waste is big news lately and many working in the fresh produce industry are jumping on the bandwagon with their own creative methods to do their part. SA producer Joy White, for example, experiments with using 'ugly' food that no-one wants, and turning it into food powder.
Living in the South Australian town of Mannum, Ms White dehydrates a variety of produce for hours, before powdering and packaging the end result and selling it online and at markets.
From pickles, peaches, raspberries and even brussel sprouts, the powder is seeing a growing demand in barbeque rubs, or a substitute in smoothies or desserts. She says even if the fruits and vegetables are ugly she can find a use for them.
"When we are drying foods and powdering foods, seconds are brilliant because people do not want them, and I can turn them into something," Ms White said.
"Waste potatoes … I could turn them into potato flour, also known as instant mashed potato."
Ms White said she believed the powders and dehydrated products retained most of their nutritional value.
Publication date: 5/10/2017
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