In The Azolla Cooking and Cultivation Project artists, researchers, farmers, gardeners, chefs and scientists experiment with cooking and cultivating the water fern Azolla. Azolla is one of the world's fastest growing plants and a rich source of nutrients. Yet it is virtually unexplored as a foodstuff for human consumption.
During the summer 2014 the project was re-activated in Umeň Pantry, a project by My Villages within the Survival Kit Festival in Umeň.
PhD students at Umeň Plants Science Center grew Azolla in their allotment plot during the summer. The Azolla was then harvested and used for making soup with Azolla and local vegetables and vegan Azolla pancakes served with locally picked blueberries. The pancakes were cooked by local artist Alexander Svartvatten.
Thanks to Survival Kit / Umeň, My Villages, Stefano Papazian, Sujy Lee and Alexander Svartvatten.