Spain: Wakame seaweed cultivation on the cards Published: 20 March, 2006
THE Spanish company Agrogalicia is hoping to be able to obtain 40 tonnes of the seaweed wakame this year, according to Spanish news site lavozdegalicia.es.
In the Spanish region of Galicia, already known for its mussel farming, a company is now on the verge of starting to farm Wakame. Appreciated for its culinary properties, Wakame is becoming increasingly popular in the European market.
The company will use a process similar to that used in mussel farming and it reportedly said that it will have the capacity to increase production depending on the market. Within the next few years the company would be able to produce up to 80 tonnes annually.
The company hopes the project will become the largest seaweed farming site in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. Wakame has high levels of fibre, no fat and a multitude of minerals and vitamins. It is also claimed that Wakame has 11 times more calcium than milk.
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