Add "dirt" to Fresh Produce - Page 2
In short, the edible dirt isn't what anyone can dig up from their lawns or backyards, it's just food items processed by culinary skill to take on the appearance of dirt.
This edible dirt is actually not new. I've seen specialty bakers grinding up graham crackers to create the look of beach sand which they use to cover a cake to make it into a beach-themed birthday cake. I've also seen a friend serve up finely crushed Oreo cookies layered with sugar and chocolate powder in a cup and top it with a gummy worm to present the dessert as a cup of dirt with a worm, a presentation very similar to the picture below.
It's a tad ironic that in the interest of simplifying, in wanting to "ground" people, that these chefs from very high-end restaurants have resorted to complicated techniques and preparations. Sure it's a novelty to those who are willing to pay a hefty sum to enjoy haute cuisine only to be served what looks like dirt. Edible dirt in a fancy restaurant is an unusual concept, but again, it's really not that new.