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Seaweed Burger

Marine algae for Asian palates

Seaweed Burger thanks to Barry McCartney

Seaweeds are found throughout the world’s oceans and seas and none is known to be poisonous. Many are good to eat and are considered a great delicacy in many Asian countries. Seaweeds are used in many maritime regions for industrial applications and as a fertiliser. The major direct use of these plants as food is in Japan, China and Korea, and in the Indian Ocean where seaweed cultivation has become a major coastal industry. The main food species grown by aquaculture in these countries are Nori or Zicai (Porphyra, a red alga), Kombu, Kunbu or Haidai (Laminaria or Saccharina: brown algae) and Wakame (Undaria, also a brown alga).

Industrial utilisation of seaweed is mostly centred on the extraction of phycocolloids (marine hydrocolloids), and, to a much lesser extent, fine biochemicals. Fermentation and pyrolysis, and the use of seaweed as biofuels are not an option on an industrial scale at present, but are possible options for the future, particularly as conventional fossil fuels run out. Seaweeds are being used in cosmetics, and as organic fertilisers. They have the potential to be much more widely used as a source of long- and short-chained biochemicals with medicinal and industrial uses. Marine algae may also be used as energy-collectors and potentially useful substances may be extracted by fermentation and pyrolysis. Seaweed extracts appear in the oddest of places - you most likely have eaten some sort of seaweed extract in the last 24 hours as many processed foods such as yoghurt, health drinks, chocolate milk, and even the highest-quality German beers contain seaweed polysaccharides such as agars, carrageenans and alginates. Seaweed baths have been popular in Ireland and Britain since Edwardian times, and seaweed wraps and treatments have become more poular in the last few years.

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Diets are mainly food for thought. - N Wylie Jones

Sacred cows make the best hamburger. - Mark Twain

Food tastes better when you wear it. - Erin Dealey

Patience is the secret to good food. - Gail Simmons

The best food is whatever fills the belly. - Arab Proverb

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food. - Arabic Proverb

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. - Emily Dickinson

What poison is to food, self-pity is to life. - Oliver C. Wilson

Don't pick at your food. It won't heal. - Hawkeye Pierce

Food, love, mother and career: the four basic guilt groups. - Cathy Guisewite

You are only master of food that you haven't yet eaten. - Tibet Proverb

I think about food literally all day every day. It's a thing. - Taylor Swift

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. - Dorothy Day

I'm a bit of a gourmet chef. I love cooking - mostly Thai food. - Will Ferrell

I won't be impressed with technology until I can download food. - Unknown

Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food. - Michael Levine

Short of screaming-hot Thai food, everything can be suitable for kids too. - Guy Fieri

I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick - not wounded - dead. - Woody Allen

There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments. - Chris Rock

What else is there to live for? Chinese food and women. There is nothing else! - Dudley Moore

You turn hotdogs with tongs. Don't you ever use those tongs on a hamburger. - J.B. Smoove

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. - A.J. Liebling

Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get. - Robert Orben

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. - Matthew McConaughey

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you're hungry again. - George Miller

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. - JRR Tolkien

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out of his nose. - Garrison Keillor

If fat people just gave skinny people more food, we could solve obesity and hunger at the same time. - Ashton Kutcher

By eating many fruits and vegetables in place of fast food and junk food, people could avoid obesity. - David H Murdock

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. - Socrates

America is a country where half the money is spent buying food, and the other half is spent trying to lose weight. - Unknown

Sea spaghetti looks like dark fettuccine and has a similar texture - you can get it in health food stores or online. - Yotam Ottolenghi

If you maintain a healthy diet, or at least are smart about your food choices, you'll still see the pounds come off. - Misty May-Treanor

I like simple food, seasoned with just salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. Complicated food and complicated lives are never good. - Sirio Maccioni

Why something in the public interest such as television news can be fought over, like a chain of hamburger stands, eludes me. - Jimmy Breslin

I worked in a health food store once. A guy came in and asked me, "If I melt dry ice, can I take a bath without getting wet?" - Steven Wright

How is it that mercury is not safe for food additives and Over the Counter drug products, but it is safe in our vaccines and dental amalgams? - Dan Burton

I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet. - George Foreman

I like a quiet evening with family or friends over, great food and great discussion, and a lot of laughter. That's really what fills my tank. - Anna Eshoo

If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft. - Snoop Dogg


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