Now you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. (You might not be!) However, there is a new sustainable superfood on the scene that is set to ‘takeover the world’. Okay, perhaps not takeover per say, but it’s doing more than just upgrading our menu. This vegan-worthy food is being used in biodegradable and edible packaging, beauty products, biofuels and all hail it's set to be our next BIG superfood.
Well this super, eco-saving, world-appreciating, salty goodness, coming to a plate near you, is commonly known as seaweed. Yes, that’s right, seaweed farming does actually exist and it’s harvesting a lot of money! New companies such as Evoware, based in Indonesia, have created seaweed-based packaging to support our environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Lonely Planet also reported that seaweed is set to be used in creating an environmentally-friendly sunscreen. Furthermore, it’s been reported by PBS that the U.S’s Department of Emergency has invested a whopping $22million into developing tools for large-scale seaweed production as a biofuel.
Seaweed has been used in Japan for a long time. In fact, seaweed was valued so much in Japan that you used to be able to use it to pay your taxes. Seaweed comes in a variety forms and is already seen in a lot of dishes. For example, Nori, typically seen alongside sushi, is a variety of seaweed that is chopped and dried. Wakame, another Japanese favorite, is used in salads and soups. Kombu is also cultivated in East Asia and is a firm favorite in Japanese dishes.
Another similar example of this salty surprise you may already know is spirulina, a bi-product of algae. Anyone who enjoys spirulina is certainly braver than me! However, this supplement is high in protein and also helps to lower Co2 levels. Seaweed superfoods are not only saving the planet but they are packed full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, iron and magnesium. Here at SideChef, we love things that are good for us and the planet and have the best recipes to show prove it.