Richard Branson likes kelp jerky: The next meat-alternative snack


They are combing the sea to find food alternatives for the future. Behold, kelp jerky from upstart company Akua, they claim that their kelp is 100% vegan. Kelp (Saccharina latissima) is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, and is a source of calcium, as well as copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. The kelp snack comes in three flavors: sea salt and sesame with hints of nori, “High Thai’d” (geddit?) with tumeric and coconut, and rosemary “BBQ” with a touch of maple.
Ingredients: kelp, mushroom, chickpea flour, yeast, maple, and pea protein, as well as small amounts of coco amino, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and kosher salt. Other are flavor-specific toppings. Sea salt sesame flavor has sesame seeds and nori. “High Thai’d” has turmeric, ginger, chilli, and coconut; BBQ includes rosemary, tomato, smoked chilis, and paprika; and rosemary BBQ flavor has rosemary, tomato, smoked chilis, and paprika.