I buy this fresh spirulina from the Kawana Markets in Birtinya, in the Sunshine Coast QLD. It's one of the better markets on the Sunshine Coast as there are some great stalls selling organic fruits and veggies, and it generally has a really overall healthy vibe to it. Unlike the dried products that you find on shelves in health food stores, this fresh spirulina doesn't have any odor, indicating its complete freshness. Apparently spirulina should never have that fishy smell if it truly is fresh. If you have ever tried powdered spirulina from a jar you'll definitely notice that stale fish smell, which isn't pleasant. This fresh spirulina must be kept frozen before you consume it, but all you need to do when you want to consume it is throw it frozen into your fruit and veg smoothie, blend it up, and drink it down. It makes your smoothie a beautiful, deep green colour, adding to the pleasure even further.
The health benefits of spirulina are numerous; it detoxes heavy metals, eliminates candida, lowers blood pressure, is great for vegans as it contains iron, and it's composed of 60-70% protein. It also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. So just imagine having this superfood freshly grown and not in a powdered and processed form like other products on the market? If only all superfood options could be grown virtually in your own backyard, how exciting would that be?
If you speak to the grower of this spirulina at the Kawana Markets he'll tell you all of the growing techniques he utilises on his farm just north of Brisbane. He's a marine biologist so he clearly understands algae and how it works. This indicates to me that it's definitely a trustworthy product. The price is reasonable and you'll feel good about supporting a local grower. We all need to support our local growers as they are the ones keeping our health in check.