Taipei， Taiwan （AP） - Diners tempted to lick a plate after a delicious meal can now go a step further - eat the plate.
Chen Liang-erh， 50， an amateur inventor， announced Friday that he had perfected an edible plate made from wheat grain， and that he planned to mass-produce it and other edible crockery including cups， bowls and food containers.
Chen spent six years developing the plate， which he said would retail at about 7 cents each.
Diners who don't want to eat the items - which taste like unsalted popcorn - can boil them for a nutritious meal for animals， he said.
Chen said this can help reduce pollution caused by discarded crockery. The only disadvantage， he said， is his crockery cannot be washed and reused.