What is Pond Scum?
The cyanobacteria collected from the surface of freshwater lakes and ponds – also known as spirulina.
It is now making an appearance is in blue drinks, ice cream, lattes and M&Ms, as holistic experts and plant-based nutritionists rave about its health benefits.
The largest concentrations are found on Lake Texcoco in Mexico and Lake Chad in Central Africa, although algae farms have popped up on America’s west coast, as well. It’s flash-dried before being sold as a powder or in pill form for $20-$35 a pound from Walmart to Amazon.
The plant pigments also give food a deep green or vibrant blue hue, which has been used to create $17 blue smoothie bowls and “mermaid” ice cream in Australia, blue iced tea in NYC and blue ombre chia parfaits in California.
So if you begin to see your Instagram feed has turned blue, now you know!
Source: NY Post