Sophie Engert

Fruit Leather

For my second short project I turned fruits into leather by drying them.

For my first trial I took 2 kg of apples and 2 lemon. Why apples? Because it’s my favourite fruit and I wanted to reach a skin colour similiar to mine. While peeling the apple I came up with the idea two seperate the fruit peel and pulp to catch two different types of fruit leather. To keep the colour of the apple pulp I added the juice of the lemon. The acid of the lemon juice keeps the natural fruit colour. I blenderized the peel and the pulp and boiled it out to get rid of bacteria. Last but not least I added two spoons of honey each to let it become more flexible. To finally turn the mass into to fruit leather you have to let it dry over hours in the stove by 50 degrees. Afterwoods I covered it with a thin layering of sunflower oil to not let it dry even more.

Apple pulp and peel leather

I was quiet impressed about the difference between pulp and peel. Because of myself already being a diplomated fashion designer I know that it would be possible to sew the apple pulp leather into a bag, dress, etc.

My first approach was to create an edible design object which I realized in an origami food bowl out of the apple pulp, but…

origami fold bowl out of apple pulp

…after I achieved an acceptable result I also questioned myself if there are possibilities in the future time to turn food rests into vegan leather? And are there prospects to turn it into a resistable and stable leather as the common one to use it in our evereyday life.

Champignon leather

For my second trial I tried out the same procedure with champignons. But instead of adding honey I picked the vegan gelatine agar agar which exsists out of alga. This trial turned out much more dry as the fruit version. I think it needs more mass and the natural sugar to keep it hold together better and let it become flexible as well.





  1. I like the idea abouit lichen the most. First of all because i love funghi and second: since you studied fashion design, you might be able to bring in an amount of expertise, that others might lack of.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Philipp! I chose the leather and it already worked out but maybe I’ll try both. I’m also curious how it would look like.

  2. I like the idea of the fruit leather because I can imagine a really experimental way to figuring out the different types and characteristics of different leathers.

    1. Thanks too for the feedback, I already tried out the fruit leather 🙂 I’ll gonna make some different types as you suggested

  3. All the ideas look interesting. Unfortunately they are not depicted properly yet. Could you please add better scans and write a couple of words? I think the ideas are worth it!

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