We waste an incredible amount of food—and a lot of it is because we just don’t like the way it looks. Here’s one way they’re dealing with that problem in Sweden.

These food powders (or FoPo, as they’ve named them) are the work of students at Sweden’s Lund University in their food product program, and are made by a fairly old process—essentially freeze-drying and powdering food that is on the verge of being thrown out.

Of course, an all-powdered food diet is an unappealing and not particularly healthy way to live—but the point of the project is not to introduce a new diet, it’s to find a way to get some use out of food that would otherwise be thrown away. And, as a supplement or a flavoring it’s a good way to solve one of the basic problems of food waste: How do you get people to eat fruits and vegetables that, while absolutely edible, don’t look how we expect them to?

[via Smithsonian]

Image via FoPo.