Health and Climate Change Cobenefits of Dietary Change [April, 2016]

The Azolla Cooking and Cultivation Project at Umeå Skafferi / Survival Kit Umeå 2014

[Vegan Azolla Pancakes. Photo: Erik Sjödin]

In March 2016 scientist at Oxford published a comprehensive study on the health and climate change cobenefits of dietary change. The study puts figures on what seems to be becoming a more common notion; that eating vegetarian / vegan is a good idea both for individual peoples health and the planet in general.

With this study in mind here is a recipe for vegan Azolla pancakes. Summer-autumn 2014 The Azolla Cooking and Cultvation Project participated in the Survival Kit Festival in Umeå. In participation with Umeå Pantry, a project by My Villages, we cooked vegetable soup and pancakes with dried Azolla.

Umeå has a strong tradition of veganism and the pancakes were cooked by the local artist Alexander Svartvatten, based on the recipe for vegan pancakes below and served with locally picked blueberries. If vegan Azolla pancakes are healthy or not remains to be proven, but at least these pancakes proved that they can be delicious.

Vegan Azolla Pancakes (4 servings)

1 dl dried azolla
9 dl soy milk
6 dl spelt flour
0,75 tsp salt
5 tbsp rape seed oil