By now, we’ve gotten used to the idea that not all milk on the market comes from cows, which is a great thing for lactose-intolerant people or those who prefer not to consume animal products: there’s soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, and almond milk, among other things. One non-dairy product we never saw coming? Pea milk — which is now a real thing.
While it apparently doesn’t taste anything like the vegetable, milk made from pea protein is a very real thing that’s heading to grocery stores soon from a company called Ripple Foods, which is the brainchild of one of the founders of sustainable soap brand Method.
It took a year for Ripple to tackle the challenge of making creamy, sweet milk from peas, reports Co.exist, and come out with something that doesn’t actually taste like peas. In fact, Ripple says, it tastes more like dairy milk than the other dairy-alternatives out there.
“The primary challenge is one of flavor,” Ripple Food’s Adam Lowry told Co.exist. “If you just make pea milk the way that you make almond milk, with regular yellow peas, you can get a very high protein beverage, but it frankly tastes terrible. That’s because if you put a lot of peas in the milk, it’s going to taste like peas.”
To create the milk, the company developed a technology that can “separate the good stuff from the peas from all of the stuff that kind of gives it that off-flavor and color,” Lowry explains, leaving all the protein behind and none of the pea taste.
Ripple will be available at Whole Foods as of May 2 for $4.99 per 48-ounce bottle. Eventually the product will expand to other outlets as well.