Spiruline de Corse
Visits : May-October, Monday-Friday by appointment.
Regions : Sud Corse
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lieu dit Fureddi - route de Lévie
06 24 47 58 69
Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that originates in tropical regions such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and India; today, it has a home in Corsica too. In 2010, Pauline Genthial found out about spirulina from a friend who used it as a dietary supplement; having been fascinated with oceanography since her childhood, she set about studying the organism and documenting its reproductive cycle.
“This algae is a really fascinating substance; it has the potential to rebalance some of the poor dietary habits we’ve developed in the West, and can also be used to fight malnutrition in developing countries.” It’s a hefty challenge for this dedicated young woman, who in 2011 decided to establish the first “Made in Corsica” spirulina farm. After four months of specialist training in Hyères, Pauline was ready to begin growing her own cultures, and she now has two ponds installed on her family farm – no matter that the species is not native to the island. “The important thing is to recreate their natural environment as closely as possible,” explains the young entrepreneur, who is fascinated by nature.
Though it’s early days for her production business, Pauline’s product has already won fame at the “Talents Gourmands” 2015 event in Porto-Vecchio, and Spiruline de Corse (Corsican Spirulina) is already being served in some of the best restaurants on the island.
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