Seaweed farming has the potential to be the most sustainable form of agriculture on the planet. Seaweed is a zero-input food that requires no fresh water, no fertilizer, no feed, and no arid land. In fact, a kelp farm the size of Washington State could feed the entire planet.
We are working to create a more mindful and flavorful future through sustainable ocean harvesting, driving generations to eat well and waste nothing. When it comes to innovation in the seaweed space, the US is lagging behind Canada, most of Europe, and certainly Asian cultures that have been cultivating seaweed for food and health purposes for thousands of years.
So, we want to unlock the potential for seaweed in the US, and create a new market for seaweed beyond nori chips and rubbery, clear kelp noodles that are over-processed — but we need your help!
After a full year of self-funded research and development, we were invited to debut our product, Kelp Jerky, at the June 2017 Fancy Food Show in the “Future of Food Room.” It received rave reviews!
What’s in Kelp Jerky?
Kelp Jerky is a delicious, nutrient dense, high protein snack made with locally harvested sugar kelp from the coasts of Connecticut to Maine, top quality shiitake and crimini mushroom stems from all over the Northeast, and superfoods like nutritional yeast and pea protein, as well as herbs and spices like sea salt, black pepper, and citrus. Kelp Jerky is vegan, non-GMO, and free of dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, and gluten.
Why kelp? This amazing sea vegetable is a natural source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as minerals including zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and calcium. In fact, it contains the highest natural concentration of calcium of any food - 10 times more than milk. Most notably, kelp is a rich, natural source of iodine that helps to stimulate a healthy metabolism.
Our Kelp Jerky is sweetened with monkfruit sugar, so it has 0 sugar calories and registers 0 on the glycemic index. It’s also naturally high in fiber and low in fat and calories.
Now, we need your help to finalize our product R&D so that you’ll be able to buy Kelp Jerky in grocery stores, in airports, and on Amazon! We’re raising enough money on PieShell to pay our ocean farmers for this season’s kelp harvest, to buy the necessary equipment to take our Kelp Jerky product to the next level in our East Village, New York City-based lab, and to design and purchase high-quality recyclable packaging for Kelp Jerky.
We’re launching Kelp Jerky this year, so after you contribute to our campaign, we’ll mail it to you, and you’ll be among the first to enjoy Kelp Jerky in all 3 delicious flavors – High Thai’d, Rosemary BBQ, and Sea Salt.