ChickP Protein, an Israeli-based food tech startup, announced the release of its chickpea isolate starch today. The product is called “ChickP Native Starch” and contains 98% pure starch.
The chickpea starch is the most recent product from ChickP and is made with the same technology used to create the company’s isolated chickpea protein (which was launched last year). It is non-GMO and has a neutral taste and aroma. Compared to pea and potato starches, the chickpea starch is actually better at thickening products due to the narrow granule size of a chickpea
Last year, we covered how ChickP’s protein isolate could be used to make creamy plant-based milk or other dairy products. The new chickpea starch can also be used to thicken alternative dairy, as well as plant-based meat analogs, desserts, soups, and baked goods.
Chickpeas show a lot of promise for plant-based alternative products, and several other companies are capitalizing on the potential of this legume. Innovopro, also based in Israel, raised $15 million USD earlier this year for its chickpea protein powder. US-based Nutriati produces chickpea protein and flour through its Artesa brand. With these new technologies, chickpeas may be showing up as the main ingredient in products like plant-based milk, ice cream, and alternative meats.
Earlier this year, the Growthwell Group invested in ChickP to use its chickpea protein isolate to develop alternative meats products in the Asian market. ChickP is currently in the process of developing food applications for its chickpea starch.