Spirulina is green alga that is a superfood. It is lush and nutrition food. Supplies the body with many of the mineral vitamins and energy it needs. It can replace meat in our diet as it supplies vitamin B’s family and fat.
It represents one of the most food growing efficiency regarding water consumption.
For home farm use, it grows in aquariums which are a clean and silent environment. Allowing us to grow substantial part of our food in our homes. It can supply the human body with most of its food needs. It is suitable to nourish people in case of food shortage of any sort. I use Spirulina to treat my anemia and iron shortage.
It is so beneficial, that a dedicated UN agency created to spread its consumption in Africa.
Consuming it elevates the body PH level reducing the risk of cancer and other illnesses. It is so beneficial that the pharmaceutical companies find it necessary to put it down in their PR publications.
As you can see, it is a very luscious food. To protect it from predators, it uses very ingenious technique: it makes the water it lives in very basic (alkaline). So almost no other organism can live in. As long as it is in its alkaline environment it is safe. When we harvest it we need to take immediate measures to protect it (and us) from being eaten by microorganisms and becoming bad. We do that by using one of three ways:
- Eating it immediately.
- Freezing it.
- Drying it.
If you grow it in your home, you can supply most of the family food needs. Consuming it in its freshest form – keeping its vitamins most vital.
Drinking a glass of juice with two teaspoons of fresh frozen Spirulina in it can keep me satiated for more than half a day.
What is needed to grow Spirulina in our homes?
I recommend using two aquariums for growing Spirulina which starts growing at different times. This setup will supply the seed Spirulina in the case of a disaster in one of the aquariums. I use 50 liters transparent plastic boxes from IKEA. This arrangement also allows you to harvest Spirulina daily if you want.
To start growing Spirulina, you will need “Spirulina starter” culture. You will also need some chemicals to set the water environment for the Spirulina. The Spirulina is fast growing from the ‘starter’ stage to full aquarium stage. In this state you can be harvest it.
The best way to grow Spirulina is by placing it in the sun. In certain homes, this might be impossible. In this case, ‘full spectrum’ led light can supply the light needed. The aquarium uses an air pump steering the Spirulina under the light.
I am placing the aquariums elevated from the apartment floor. This allows me to use a siphon pump to harvest Spirulina into 5 gallons 50-micron filter bag. This way allows me to harvest about 50 grams of dry Spirulina from the aquarium.
Growing Spirulina by ourselves allow us to consume fresh organic clean superfood that will keep us well fed and healthy. It can allow us to skip eating meat entirely.
|Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)|
|Energy||1,213 kJ (290 kcal)|
|Dietary fiber||3.6 g|
|Aspartic acid||5.793 g|
|Glutamic acid||8.386 g|
|Vitamin A equiv.||(4%) 29 μg
(3%) 342 μg
|Thiamine (B1)||2.38 mg (207%)|
|Riboflavin (B2)||3.67 mg (306%)|
|Niacin (B3)||12.82 mg (85%)|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||3.48 mg (70%)|
|Vitamin B6||0.364 mg (28%)|
|Folate (B9)||94 μg (24%)|
|Vitamin B12||0 μg (0%)|
|Choline||66 mg (13%)|
|Vitamin C||10.1 mg (12%)|
|Vitamin D||0 IU (0%)|
|Vitamin E||5 mg (33%)|
|Vitamin K||25.5 μg (24%)|
|Calcium||120 mg (12%)|
|Iron||28.5 mg (219%)|
|Magnesium||195 mg (55%)|
|Manganese||1.9 mg (90%)|
|Phosphorus||118 mg (17%)|
|Potassium||1363 mg (29%)|
|Sodium||1048 mg (70%)|
|Zinc||2 mg (21%)|