What’s the Deal With Duckweed?

In order to produce such a sustainable, high-quality product that LENTEIN offers, you must be wondering: What’s being used, how is it made, and why exactly is it the best product for the job? From daily harvesting, to secure pricing, to functionality and nutrition, duckweed is the best option. Read on to learn more about what it is, how it’s made, and why it’s what LENTEIN uses to make the most complete food source.

The family of duckweeds (the water lentil, or botanically named the Lemnaceae) are the smallest of flowering plants. These plants grow floating in still or slow moving fresh water around the globe, except in the coldest of regions. The growth of these high-protein plants can be very rapid. It is, arguably, the world’s most nutritionally complete and sustainable food source.

But why the water lentil? It has some obvious advantages over other plant protein sources in that it grows incredibly fast, and can be harvested in raceways. Raceways are open-air ponds similar to those in which algae is grown commercially all year round; the water lentil is not a type of algae.

And when we say it grows rapidly, we sure mean it! Under ideal conditions, the area covered by fronds can double in a few days. This rapid growth is propelled by the design of the plant. Each duckweed frond contains a central meristem that is the origin of new fronds—as many as 10-20 more during the vegetative life cycle, depending on the species. Studies show that duckweed can grow 30 percent faster than water hyacinth. Researchers recently studied the growth of 13 species. Representing all five genera of duckweeds under laboratory conditions, and found doubling times ranged from 1.34 to 4.54 days.

Speaking in terms of sustainability, duckweed is also unusual in that 100 percent of the plant is harvested, and then employed in the production of high-value products, while the water used in the raceways mentioned above is recycled back. This creates a closed-loop system.

Marketed as the world’s most nutritionally complete and sustainable food source, the water lentil has a long history of use in feed and food in south east Asia, Africa, and other regions, but has never been produced on a commercial scale for the food industry until now.

But what else is duckweed being used for today? Researchers are using this phenomenal plant to study basic plant development, plant biochemistry, photosynthesis, the toxicity of hazardous substances, and much more. Genetic engineers are also cloning duckweed genes and modifying duckweeds to inexpensively produce pharmaceuticals. Environmental scientists are using duckweed to remove unwanted substances from water, and aquaculturalists find them to be an inexpensive feed source for fish farming.

When it comes to LENTEIN’s process, the only word to describe it is unique. These water lentils are harvested every day from an aqua farm. Then, during the process of cold-extraction (a process whereby a substance is extracted from a mixture via cold water), macro- and micro-nutrients remain intact. The final product, LENTEIN, be blended into protein beverages, cold-pressed juices, and healthy snacks. Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and micronutrients, water lentils have been described as the world’s most complete food source. LENTEIN contains 65-70 percent concentrated, high quality plant protein, and more essential and branch chain amino acids than any other plant protein. It is also highly digestible compared to plant proteins, with a PDCAAS of 93. To speak to the process, an impressive 98 percent of the water required to produce LENTEIN gets recycled for the next batch!

It’s beyond clear that when it comes to sustainability, whether it’s in regards to eating, science, chemistry, or the environment in general, duckweed takes the gold for its many purposes. At LENTEIN, we really believe that this tiny protein-packed plant can revolutionize the future of our food industry. If you have any other questions about LENTEIN, please tour the rest of this site to learn more.