Characterizing quinoa protein

2019-2021

Dr. Ofir Benjamin at Tel Hai College is exploring how to use quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) in plant-based meat.

PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Plant-based

TECHNOLOGY SECTOR:  Crop development

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Project aims

This project characterizes five high-yield quinoa varieties for protein, fat, and fiber composition and develops methods for preparation of quinoa protein concentrate and isolate. It also prototypes quinoa-based partial or full meat replacement products.

This work will develop quinoa as a novel plant-based protein source, including processing into flour, protein concentrate, and protein isolate. The research optimizes quinoa protein yield through growing conditions and strain selection, and produces quinoa-based meat with organoleptic properties matching those of conventional meat.

Principal researcher

Gfi grantee dr. Ofir benjamin, lecturer and researcher, tel hai college, israel

Dr. Ofir Benjamin

Lecturer and Researcher, Tel Hai College, Israel

Dr. Benjamin leads the charge toward building an institutional food-tech hub in Israel that bridges the gap between industry and academia. He focuses his research on the structure and sensory characteristics of food products. His work combines novel electronic tongue and nose tools with traditional techniques to characterize sensory aspects of food.

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