New Plant-Based Startup to Launch Vegan Eggs Complete with Eggshells
New Plant-Based Startup to Launch Vegan Eggs Complete with Eggshells

New Plant-Based Startup to Launch Vegan Eggs Complete with Eggshells

  • Hannah Bugga
  • Hannah Bugga

Two French entrepreneurs are developing a plant-based egg that looks, cooks, and tastes just like a chicken egg. Made from legumes, the groundbreaking eggs can be scrambled, boiled, and fried. They even come with eggshells to crack open!

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Aujourd'hui, présentation de l'équipe ! ☺️ Derrière les Merveillœufs se cachent Philippine et Sheryline, fraîchement diplômées ingénieures en biologie. 👩‍🎓 Ce projet fou est né durant leurs études, lorsqu'elles ont dû mettre au point un produit innovant sur le thème de l'alimentaire. Elles ont alors demandé aux personnes végétaliennes de leur entourage ce qui leur manquait le plus et le résultat était sans appel : ce sont les œufs ! L'équipe a ensuite pris conscience de l'intérêt pour les personnes allergiques et intolérantes aux œufs, malheureusement de plus en plus nombreuses en France et dans le monde… 2 ans après l'émergence de cette idée, nous travaillons toujours avec enthousiasme et persévérance pour vous proposer un produit qui ravira petits et grands au quotidien, et vous permettra notamment de concocter de Merveillœuses tartes aux poireaux ! 😍 #egg #food #vegetal #Merveillœufs #green

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The creators of the new egg are biologists Philippine Soulères and Sheryline Thavisouk, co-founders of a company called Les Merveillœufs—a play on the French words “merveilleux” (marvelous) and “œufs” (eggs). Soulères told Le Monde:

We realized that what was missing most in vegan people’s daily food was the egg, a food that can be found in every meal, from breakfast to dinner, in sweet and savory dishes. We decided to make one.

The duo plans to launch their innovative product commercially by mid-2020, as they’re still tweaking the recipe and design. For example, the shells are currently made of plastic, but the team is working on a more eco-friendly alternative. Nutritionally, the eggs have fewer calories and less fat than their animal-derived counterpart. Soulères and Thavisouk described their product:

Marveillœufs can be eaten in exactly the same ways as hens’ eggs, for example in an omelette or as raw materials in cooking. In terms of whipping up egg whites in baking, this is proving difficult at the moment but we fully intend to rise to the challenge.

While we may have to wait to crack open one of these “marvelous eggs,” plenty of other great plant-based eggs are already on the market! In fact, at one top U.S. grocery chain, the popular JUST Egg has outsold other plant-based protein products, including tofu, seitan, and plant-based milk and cheese! Another fantastic option is Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg. Made with soy milk powder, the egg is gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and perfect for scrambles and omelets.

Overwhelmed by all the delicious plant-based products to choose from? Download our FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide and check out our Pinterest page for egg-cellent vegan recipes and tips.