Of course, many traditional food recipes with seaweed exist. However, Aquatic Ape tries to experiment with simple products, that do not require fresh seaweed and can be eaten as snacks or to the side of normal meals. Examples are seaweed-bars, bread, crackers, spreads, bonbons.
The main species of seaweed used are nori (Porphyra), bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) and dulse (Palmaria palmata), all dried. Unfortunately these species are not yet available from locally grown seaweed.
Filling with orange: cashews, nori, dulse, bladderwrack, coconut oil
Filling with matcha: cashews, matcha, nori, bladderwrack, blaaswier, coconut oil
Both made with white, milk or pure chocolate
the Aquatic Ape hypothesis is already an old hypothesis related to the evolution of man: Alister Hardy originally proposed this idea, which was further explored by Elaine Morgan in her book "The Aquatic Ape": they hypothesized that during a certain period, humans were strongly connected to the sea and spend a lot of time wading through water. Adaptation to this environment could explain some of the current characteristics of humans, such as more body hair and a thicker fat layer in comparison with apes. Unfortunately, this romantic and interesting idea does not seem very plausible and currently, not many evolutionary biologists do support this idea.
Despite the fact that we cannot use this hypothesis for explaining our evolutionary history, the increaasing interest in seaweed during the last decades could be a start of a new "Aquatic Ape" phase for us. The name reflects a hopeful future for the earth and its people with a large role of seaweed. And the name honours people with new and controversial ideas!
Questions or comments about Aquatic Ape or its products? Contact me at bastienne at aquaticape.nl