New veggie burger has potential to transform UAE home-grown crops sector

The agricultural sector of the UAE has come quite a long way. There is now a new range of burgers made from salicornia, grown in the UAE using reject brine from inland desalination units. The vegetable is often described as the poor man’s asparagus.

Dr. Dionysia Angeliki Lyra, Halophyte Agronomist, Directorate of Programmes, ICBA: “[The launch] is a step forward to achieving our goal of boosting local UAE agriculture and promoting farming innovation.

The UAE’s groundwater is 90% saline, which makes it an ideal environment to yield the best salicornia produce. We are optimistic that the launch of the new burger has the potential to transform the UAE’s burgeoning home-grown crops sector.”

The new burgers are available under the brand name Al Areesh at Union Coop, Aswaaq, and Emirates Coop.

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