Ingredient Spotlight: Algae

January 7, 2018, 4:03 pm

Thanks to a growing awareness of ingredients and supply chains, ethical and environmental concerns are affecting what we put on our plates. Consumers have greater choice than ever before, and food preferences are increasingly a mode of self-expression.

Algae is the latest ingredient making a splash in the world of new-wave fare. Much-touted as a superfood in its own right, algal biomass is now being integrated into everything from omega-9-rich cooking oil and supplements, through smoothies and teas, to algae-based products that appeal to eco-conscious consumers. It has huge potential appeal – it’s a sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free, vegan, non-soy source of plant protein that’s high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Algae oil also has a high smoke point and is completely odourless, making it perfect for baking, roasting and sauteing. And with thousands of different varieties of algae, it has almost endless possible uses. 

We met representatives of Simris at London’s Food Tech Village last year. This company is already harnessing the true potential of the wonder plant. All of its products – labelled ‘supergoodies’ – feature different types of algae, some less known than others. The range features superfood powders – including spirulina sprinkles, algae tea powers and chlorella – and various vegan omega-3 supplements. Naturally, all of its products are 100% plant-based.

According to AgFunderNews, algae’s growth potential is limited ‘only by investment in production and processing capacity to establish a robust, ever-expanding supply chain’. In other words, if supply can keep up with demand, we could soon see algae sales take root globally.


Image courtesy of Emma Veares

Content: courtesy of Flavour Feed




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