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2014-06-13

Danish seaweed could become an alternative to imported Asian products

The Danish Shellfish Centre at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has recently provided samples of an innovative, new type of food: edible seaweed grown in the Limfjord.

A team of DTU scientist is determined to produce a Danish alternative to the imported sheets of seaweed used in the traditional Japanese cuisine, and they are making considerable headway.

At the beginning of March, the first sheets of Danish sugar kelp were introduced by Ann Kruse and Ditte Tørring, chef and project manager, respectively, at the Danish Shellfish Centre, located in Nykøbing on the island of Mors in the north-western part of Jutland.

Seaweed produced in Denmark could become a future alternative to the large number of seaweed sheets currently imported mainly from China. But restaurants could also start adding Danish seaweed to their menu in the form of fresh seaweed salads or sprinkling on rice paper rolls.       

The production of seaweed forms part of the 'Local virtues' project initiated by the Danish Shellfish Centre in 2010 with the support of the Business Innovation Fund, the North Denmark Region, Morsø Municipality and the Association of the Mussel Industry. The project was based on innovation and change in connection with sustainable utilization of the western part of the Limfjord, focusing mainly on shellfish and seaweed.

One of the aims of the project was to determine whether it is possible to grow seaweed, and whether there is a market for seaweed produced in Denmark in Danish food.

The project has established that it is possible to grow seaweed in Danish waters-also in the Limfjord-and that there is strong interest in seaweed produced in Denmark among both food producers and consumers.  

The production of seaweed is particularly interesting in the Limfjord as it constitutes a supplement to current long-line mussel farming.

The peak season for long-line mussel farming is from May to September, after which the mussels are left undisturbed until the following spring. And as seaweed is cultivated from September until the following spring, this leaves mussel farmers with more time to focus on that.

"Seaweed and mussels are an excellent combination, which means that the current production could be made more cost-effective. That would be a great accomplishment," says Ditte Tørring from the Danish Shellfish Centre.

Reproduces with permission. Copyright fis.com

 
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