The Incredible, Edible... Plate and Bowl
We are all familiar with commercially produced and edible tostada plate and taco salad bowls. These are examples of sustainable growth, edible plates and biodegradable food products all in one. True Nature is one of the companies that makes edible bowls, along with El Paso and Taco Bell brand products.
While we are on the subject of edible plates, let's not overlook the humble flour tortilla. They are used to make the burritos and soft tacos that are so common in Mexican dishes, but also suit themselves as an alternative to basic cold cut and cheese sandwiches and basic vegan wraps. Tortillas are also a tasty way to heat up last night's broiled chicken and hot vegetables for an easy lunch at work or a nice variation for school lunches.
Tortillas and corn bowls now come in multigrain varieties, making for a healthier fare that adds flavor and versatility to many recipes.
Oriental fare tortilla-like wraps are made of soy bean curd. While hardly considered a "plate" or "bowl", it is an edible meal that can easily be eaten without the use of silverware or chopsticks. Examples include fried won-tons, Korean dumplings and Filipino lumpias.
The familiar sour dough clam chowder bowl found at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is another tasty morsel that falls into both categories of edible and biodegradable dinnerware. Bread bowls are more than tasty vessels for delicious clam chowder; they can be filled with homemade chili, stews and even tasty salads that have been drizzled with organic olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The variations can easily be adapted to envelop stir-fry with an oriental flavor, curries for Indian fare and used to serve spinach and other dips for family gatherings and parties.
Tree Hugger reports on Japanese bowls and chopsticks made from dough of flour and salt. These dishes are edible but not suitable for wet foods, like the trenchers of Medieval times or bread bowls of today.
A commonly used edible bowl in summer time can be found at ice cream shops; the waffle cone or bowl is a delicious treat that is both edible and biodegradable.