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  • Lisa Rau Cannon
  • lily rothrock
  • Erik Sjödin

The Azolla Cooking and Cultivation Project

Erik Sjödin

In The Azolla Cooking and Cultivation Project artists, researchers, farmers, gardeners, chefs and scientists experiment with cooking and cultivating the water fern Azolla. Azolla is one of the world's fastest growing plants and a rich source of nutrients. Yet it is virtually unexplored as a foodstuff for human consumption.

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  • lily rothrock

    how can i grow this? i will be living on isla del sol in lake titicaca, bolivia for the next month and this could solve my food problems. do you need spores or something? this is awesome!

    • Erik Sjödin

      Azolla multiplies by dividing itself, so you would need to find some Azolla to start up your cultivation with. However, I wouldn't recommend just eating Azolla for a month. It is still unclear how healthy it is for human consumption. Also, since Azolla grows really fast it can become a weed, so you should be careful where you plant it. Have a look in the book about the project, you will find a link to it on the project page.