German food scientists yesterday revealed what they have claimed is the world’s first ‘easy peel’ shawarma. The creation, which is yet to be approved by food standards authorities, has been genetically modified to feature a paper wrapper that the team at Cologne-based European Mezze Sciences say can be removed without any risk of a “full sandwich breakdown”
“By isolating particular genes, we’ve managed to develop a shawarma that looks good and tastes great, but one with a wrapper that can be torn off without the fear that it will damage the bread and thus destabilise the entire structure of the product,” said project manager Dieter Krankenhaus.
“We’ve also helped strengthen the bread at the base of the sandwich by transferring certain proteins to the shawarma genome, thus reducing the potential that it will collapse under the weight of the hot contents if not supported by a hand.”
Experts have said the new shawarma is a “game changer” and could revolutionise the Arabic food market. Some however have suggested the creation could have an inverse affect on the region’s paper towel and laundry industries.
While the genetically-modified ‘easy-peel’ grilled meat sandwich awaits regulatory approval, Krankenhaus says his team have already moved onto their next project, which he claims will be even more groundbreaking for regional cuisine.
“My scientists are currently developing a new strain of tabbouleh which doesn’t get all bits of parsley stuck between your teeth.”