What is Tempeh?


What is it?

Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian fermented food, made from soaked and cooked beans inoculated with spores, of the genus Rhizopus. This fungus grows on the beans and forms a thick edible block.

Our Tempeh is Unique, as it is one of the only- Raw, Soy Free Tempeh- products on the Market…. This unique edge makes our product ideal for those with allergies/restrictive diets.

Tria Prima Tempeh is a reflection of the care and quality of our craft. As well as our attention to sources and sustainability. The Majority of our beans are purchased through hummingbird wholesale & Local Farmers. Our Ingredients are always locally grown when possible. Our bags are made out of Eco friendly Biodegradable low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and all our tempeh spores are organic and sourced domestically within the USA.


**Our Tempeh is Raw / Unpasteurized. We advise you always Cook your Tempeh Before consumption….**

Tempeh Sporulation- Why is my Tempeh Black? 

Tempeh is a mushroom, like other fungi tempeh releases spores. Sometimes when you buy tempeh you may see black dark discoloration.. This is not spoilage, but in fact it is the tempeh trying to reproduce itself! Tempeh is grown from a starter culture (which is sporulated tempeh that has been ground up & dried) This starter culture inoculates the fresh substrate ( beans) and a new growth cycle begins! The tempeh then sporulates again and is either eaten or made into more starter culture.

Sometimes tempeh can appear slimy and smelly some describe it as sour dewy or fishy this is also a normal occurrence.

If your tempeh has any red or orange discoloration discard it. That is the only tell tale sign of contamination.