So what exactly is Spirulina? Spirulina (aka Arthrospira Platensis) is a blue green microalgae. It is native to Lake Texcoco in Mexico & Lake Chad, which lies on the southern edge of the Sahara desert.
How long will fresh spirulina last? About 10 days. We recommend freezing whatever you have left after 7 days. Once frozen, it can last 6-8 months. Spirulina ice cubes go great in smoothies! We do not recommend thawing after freezing because it will spoil within a few hours.
What does it taste like? Unlike dried spirulina, a fresh harvest has virtually no flavor.
How can I use it? Because it has almost no flavor, it will blend in nicely with pretty much anything! If you put it in a drink we recommend blending it for even consistency. To maintain maximum nutritional value do not heat your spirulina past 140F. A good rule of thumb is if the dish is too hot to eat it is too hot for spirulina.
Is it safe to take spirulina while pregnant? You should consult with your doctor before consuming spirulina.
Is it certified organic? No, it is impossible to grow fresh organic spirulina safely. Unfortunately, regulations have not kept pace with this burgeoning industry. In order to be certified organic, farmers must use natural nutrient sources like manure or decomposing plant materials. Unfortunately, these sources contain, e. coli and other dangerous bacteria. For traditional agriculture this isn't an issue, but for spirulina, a contaminated culture can pose a serious health hazard. The only way around this is to heat the harvest to temperatures that destroy contaminants as well as nearly all of the spirulina's nutritional value thereby making it not fresh. This is one instance in which organic is worse.
Despite being ineligible for organic certification, we take every measure to grow sustainably. Pesticides, fungicides and other harmful toxins are never used.
How much do you recommend eating per day? 1.5-2 tablespoons, which weighs about 21-28 grams.
Is it safe to eat algae? Absolutely! People have been eating algae for centuries. You have probably eaten some algae yourself and didn't even know it. Ever had a blue M&M? The blue tone comes from pigments extracted from spirulina. Note: Individuals with certain rare diseases should avoid spirulina. See "I have PKU..." & "I have an autoimmune disease..." below.
I have PKU, is it safe for me to consume spirulina? Unfortunately, spirulina is not safe for individuals with PKU. People with this rare disease can not process Phenylalanine, which is an amino acid that the body uses to build the protein it needs.
I have an autoimmune disease, is it safe for me to consume spirulina? Unfortunately, spirulina is not safe for individuals with certain autoimmune diseases. There are a number of studies that suggest spirulina can exacerbate Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pemphigus Vulgaris and others. For most people, spirulina can invigorate the body's natural defenses, but for those with an overly active immune system it can be harmful. Will it turn my tongue green? Probably, but hey isn't that part of the fun?