Welcome to the future, a future filled with algae. And no, I’m not kidding, there is algae that not only exists, but is good for us. It’s called spirulina.
Hi, I’m Surjan (sounds like surgeon) but most people call me Surge, and currently I am a mechanical engineering student working with this quaint little startup named Spira that’s trying to tackle hunger and malnutrition. Want to guess why it’s called that? Well, it’s because we believe that spirulina is the solution to those problems of course! And we’re not the only ones that believe this, there is a whole industry built around spirulina supplements. Spirulina contains most of the things that the human body needs: iron, calcium, beta carotene, riboflavin, and all of the essential amino acids. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? However, like most great things in life, there is unfortunately a catch.
Currently spirulina is dried into powders and packed into pills. Due to the drying process this leaves the spirulina with a very bitter and unappetizing taste. Which, after droning on for a while, finally brings us back full circle to the reason I’m typing any of this up. While Spira works to fix that pesky taste issue, I would like to focus on working around the problem by just cooking with the stuff. I have just bought myself some spirulina powder and plan to simply incorporate it into cooking the type food I normally eat and document the experience. I would like to state that although spirulina is currently used as a supplement and is vegan, that will not necessarily be my focus. I’m going to simply incorporate spirulina into my cooking, I’ve even decided the first thing I’m going to make: PANCAKES!
Green Eggs and Ham?
To continue answering my own rhetorical questions: nope, no green eggs and ham. However that doesn’t mean that we’ve let Dr. Seuss off the hook, because instead we have Grinch Green spirulina and corn pancakes.