Meet Dale Solomon of Oasia Farms. He has an interesting journey to becoming a farmer and grows a superfood that not many have heard of and one you will love learning about.
Dale’s Spirulina Journey:
“Throughout my years in college I was deeply invested in environmental work, specifically combating climate change. I immersed myself in a green ecosystem (no pun intended) through a number of university clubs and was eventually introduced to the algae industry. I remember feverishly crunching numbers after class to figure out how many acres of algae ponds it would take to offset our global carbon emissions.
After graduating from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering in 2016, I took a job in aerospace. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my career had taken a wrong turn. Making fighter jets for a living didn’t represent the positivity that I wanted to bring to the world, so I made a change. In June 2017, I quit my job and decided to turn all those theoretical calculations I had cooked up in college into a real-life business.
It took almost a year of research and planning, but here we are growing a uniquely nutritious & therapeutic superfood- spirulina. We are so proud of the work that we are doing to improve and nourish the community! Spirulina is the most nutrient dense superfood on Earth and it’s at its best when consumed raw or fresh frozen. Our fresh product is moving the industry away from powdered and processed spirulina to a more bioavailable and palatable alternative. When unprocessed, the nutrients in spirulina are easily digestible, allowing your body to absorb the maximum amount of omega-3, protein, iron, antioxidants, and dozens of vitamins & minerals. Additionally, fresh spirulina has a light creamy texture and a flavor similar to smashed avocado or unsalted cream cheese. Personally, I find this far more appealing than the pungent, ocean smell of powdered spirulina. I think you will too!”
Incorporating Spirulina Into Your Diet:
Because of its creamy texture and light flavor, spirulina easily blends into countless recipes. Most people use it in a morning smoothie, but if you want to get creative, Dale has tons of ideas on his Instagram page (@oasiafarms) including salad dressings, sauces, yogurt bowls, soups and snacks. You can even use it as an antioxidant loaded face mask!
Here are some fun recipes from Dale that can be downloaded.
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