Can any given mold grow on multiple types of food?

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Can any given mold grow on multiple types of food?

Post by AlanKalane » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:04 pm

Let's take Rhizopus oligosporus as an example. It is an edible type of mold that is used in the production of tempeh, a traditional indonesian dish.

Tempeh is normally made with soybeans, but you can make tempeh with many kinds of beans, grains or nuts and even with oat. Let's stretch this:

Beans, grains, nuts and oats are all typically starchy foods. Does this mean you could grow R. oligosporus on most kinds of starchy food like potato, banana, pasta or bread? Would that be edible?

Could it be possible to grow it on non-starchy foods like a tomato or on meat? Would that be edible?

Could you do that with other kinds of molds or yeasts, such as Penicillium Camemberti used in the production of cheese? If the mold is edible then would the molded food always be edible?

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