The Next Best Source of Dietary Protein!

Well, according to a recent article in Smithsonian Magazine, this stuff might become a common staple.  It might be the next highly sustainable food crop — maybe moreso than most people want.  Sort of like the Kudzu of the Seas.   And, like kudzu, at least some of these are edible.

What do you think it is?  Looks like flakes of chicken here, doesn’t it?  (In real life, the resemblance wasn’t that close.)

It comes in a package with some included seasonings that you add to it after you run it around in a skillet a bit, and they suggest you add vegetables or pork to make it have some taste.

No clue yet as to what this is?   Smithsonian says their numbers in the worlds oceans are increasing.    No overfishing for a while on this one!  It’s low in fat, and reasonably high in protein.  What more could we want?

Yep, folks, this is shredded up jellyfish.  And yes,  your intrepid reporter ate this (with the seasonings, which are not included in the photo.  I’m here to report that jellyfish are malleable and mildly crunchy at the same time, and do need flavorings with them to give them taste.

Directions:  (exactly as written on the packaging, although I changed the all caps part)

“1.  Unpack and put the jellyfish in a dish.
2.It’ s edible after stirring the jellyfish with some flavourings and vegetable oil added.
3.It will be better tasty if some shredded carrot or green pepper,or cooked shredded pork is added.”

I hope this doesn’t mean the jellyfish is inedible before stirring in the flavorings and oil.  The jellyfish does arrive with tiny little packages of salty seasoning and a dollop of regular oil and a dollop of spicy oil.  Let’s check out the Nutrition Facts:

Total Fat:  1 gram (1% daily value)
Sodium:  750 mg (31%)
Total Carbs: 2 grams (31%)
Protein:  4 grams
The only nutrient (vitamin or mineral) of any note is Iron, at 15% daily value.  By the way, a serving size is considered half a packet, or 2.5 ounces.  However, I’m not sure they include the oil packet, even if it is tiny, in the above numbers.  One thing we can say is, there’s not much to jellyfish.

Would I do jellyfish again?  Maybe.  Actually, I would, but I am hesitant to buy this particular product again, being as it came from a country (China) having problems with melamine and lead and who knows what else in its food supply.


About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: Building a log home in rural western Massachusetts. Will be raising chickens and goats/sheep. Raising veggies and going solar.
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