In June of 2020, Meati Foods debuted the Meati Steak, the first-to-market whole-cut fungi-based steak, at SALT Bistro in Boulder, Colorado. And if you were one of the lucky ones to try the Meati Steak and see for yourself how tender, juicy, and delicious it is, you probably asked yourself, “how is this possible? What the f*$%k is this fungi mycelium meat stuff anyways?”
We’re here to answer the top three most common mycelium questions, so you can feel as excited as we are about what’s on your plate.
SO, WHAT’S MYCELIUM, ANYWAYS?
Mycelium is a fibrous, thread-like structure that fungi create as they grow and seek out nutrients. Just like a tree grows roots to find nourishment in the soil, fungi produce mycelium.
Often, mycelium grows underground, so you don’t normally see it, contrary to the fruiting body, the mushroom, which we are all familiar with. Some mycelium produces mushrooms above ground, and some do not. It depends on the type and where it likes to grow.
When it comes to Meati, we are mycelium purists. That’s why our meatless meats aren’t made from mushrooms, they’re made from pure, super nutritious and powerfully delicious mycelium!
HOW DO YOU TURN MYCELIUM INTO A MEATI STEAK?
We brought a special type of mycelium indoors that grows very quickly and is super nutritious. We want to feed the world nutritious protein, okay?
We put Meati’s mycelium in a giant, stainless steel tank and feed it water, sugar and nutrients so it grows big and strong. No need to worry about the sugar, though; Meati’s mycelium eats it all up as it grows, so sugar doesn’t end up in our finished product!
When Meat’s mycelium fills the entire tank, it’s ready to harvest! We take it out and pass it off to our in-house food gurus, who form it into steaks.
Then our Chefs marinate the Meati Steaks in a handful of natural ingredients to fit the occasion (is it #TacoTuesday or what?).
That’s it. How Meati is made almost sounds too simple, huh? But that’s why we believe Meati is the alternative to meat we all have been searching for.
WHY DO YOU USE FUNGI TO MAKE YOUR PROTEIN INSTEAD OF PLANTS?
We love plants, but we think fungi have a leg up on plants to fulfill your protein needs for three reasons.
First off, plants are amazing at taking the sun’s energy and making carbohydrates...but not protein. That’s why we chose to make Meati from fungi, which by comparison, are really good at producing protein. For example, when compared to soy, which is one of the most protein-rich plants on the planet, Meati can produce around 20x more protein per acre! This is part of how Meati is sustainably creating the protein of the future.
Second, mycelium is naturally a fibrous structure, making Meati’s texture very, well, meaty. This means that Meati’s Steaks need minimal processing or fillers and binders to have that meaty texture we are all looking for out of a protein.
Finally, Meati packs a nutrition punch! Just 3 oz of Meati’s non-GMO steak contains 17 grams of complete protein, which means Meati’s proteins have similar quality when compared to animal proteins. Additionally, Meati has more fiber than 3 cups of spinach (8 grams!), more potassium than a banana, 90% of your daily recommended vitamin B12 value (a nutrient not typically found in plants), zero cholesterol, only 2 grams of net carbs, and so much more. Talk about a funging awesome steak!