Spirulina is a microscopic spiral-shaped algae (Arthrospira platensis) which is used as a dietary supplement. It is consumed for its health benefits and for its mild and delicate taste which is similar to matcha green tea.
Sprinkle a teaspoon on your raw vegetables, vegetable soup, fish dishes, fresh goat’s cheese, a smoothie or fruit juice. Avoid cooking spirulina as this may destroy its nutritious benefits. Best used sprinkled over your dishes just before serving.
Spirulina was a daily part of the Aztec diet until the 16th century. They called it “Tecuitlatl” which means the “stone's excrement”. In his memoirs, Hernan Cortes, the Spanish conquistador, described how the Indians he met: “drew from lakes a sort of green mud that they dried in the sun and then ate as a type of tortilla”.
|Shelf life||3 years|
|Genus and botanical species||Spirulina maxima|