By Bob McCauley, ND
Rose was my translator on my recent trip to China and Taiwan to visit algae producers and herbal extractors. I’ll be going into detail about each place I visit, but my itinerary was:
- Lansing, Michigan to Hong Kong via Chicago. 1 day. 2 days in Hong Kong meeting with coffee brokers for possible importation.
- Fly to Hainan Island to visit a spirulina/chlorella factory. 3 days.
- Fly to Guilin, mainland China, to visit a newly built herbal extraction factory. 3 days.
- Fly to Taichung, Taiwan to visit three spiriulina/chlorella factories, two I had never seen before. 7 days.
- Fly to HK and back to Lansing, MI. 1 day.
You need to be dedicated to loving spirulina and chlorella to make this kind of a trip. It was nothing less than grueling. First, you end up 12 hours in the future. It takes you around 10 – 12 days to completely adjust, which is usually just long enough so then I’m ready to come back and spend the next 12 days getting back to my regular schedule.
I learned a huge amount about the production of spirulina and chlorella on my trip. I’ve been selling spirulina and chlorella since 1996 and have visited chlorella factories before, but this was my first spirulina factory. I drank spirulina right out of the pond, as fresh as it gets. Rose got a giant pile of spirulina powder thrown all over her by the wind. Not funny for her; I couldn’t stop laughing, sorry.
Rose is now officially the Spirulina Queen of the Watershed Wellness Center. We were examining spirulina powder at the factory on Hainan Island when a gust of wind gently flung it all over her. I have never seen anyone with so much spirulina all over themselves. She looked as if she had jumped into a bin of spirulina powder. She took it well and spent the next 20 minutes trying to wash it off of herself. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t stop laughing, and laughing and . . .
She looks good in blue. More about the spirulina factory and the quality of Chinese spirulina in later posts. And more to come about my trip to other spirulina/chlorella factories in Taiwan as well.