Now you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. 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 everything from biodegradable and edible packagin to beauty products to biofuels. So, what is it?
Well this super, eco-saving, world-appreciating, salty goodness, coming to a plate near you, is..... seaweed. Yes, that’s right, seaweed farming exists and it’s harvesting a lot of money! New companies such as Evoware, 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 on sushi, is a variety of seaweed that is chopped and dried. Wakame, another Japanese favorite, is used in salads and soups. Want to add depth of flavor to broth? Throw in a sheet of Kombu
Seaweed superfoods are not only saving the planet but 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.