Forever at the forefront of furniture design, you may not know that Swedish superstars IKEA have been busy in recent years developing the food of the future too in their research lab, Space10. And their latest recipes are set to turn heads; a burger containing mealworms and a hot dog made from dried carrots and algae!

IKEA's Space10 Lab Unveil Mealworm Burgers and Algae Hotdogs of the Future

Yes, two years after revealing a range of meatballs to be eaten by future generations, the Copenhagen-based Space10 has devised a menu of five new dishes that aim to crack the predicted global food crisis. As well as the unconventional burger and hot dog, the menu also features a salad, meatball dishes, and an ice cream made from leaves grown in water.

IKEA launched the Space10 lab at the end of 2015, with its goal to explore homes of the future. The new menu offered by the lab is in response to UN research, which predicted that the world’s demand for food will increase by 70% within the next 35 years, with the environmental impact of meat production a key focus of its efforts.

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As a result, all of the future meals developed Space10 have been made using sustainable ingredients or using byproducts of an existing production chain. The first of which is the Dogless Hotdog which is made from a vegetarian sausage, made with baby carrots that have been dried and glazed.

The Hotdog’s bun is made from spirulina – a micro-algae that Space10 claim “contains more beta-carotene than carrots, more chlorophyll than wheatgrass, and 50 times more iron than spinach.” So, very healthy then? The ketchup is made from beets and berries, but there is still room for roasted onions, cucumber and a herb salad.

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The Bug Burger may take a little more getting used to as it’s made from a concoction of beetroot, parsnip, potatoes and… mealworms. One of the new meatball dishes also contains balls made from mealworms, while a selection of ice creams made from microgreens like coriander, fennel, basil and mint are also offered.

Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, there are currently no plans to put mealworm burgers or algae hotdogs on any IKEA menu – this is purely for experimental purposes!

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