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Spirulina is thought to have been a food source for the Aztecs in the 16th century Mexico. It was harvested from Lake Texcoco and sold as cakes, as described by one of Cortés' soldiers.
The Aztecs called it Tecuitlatl, which means the stone's stools. Spirulina was found in abundance at the lake by French researchers in the 1960s, but there is no reference to its use there, as a daily food source after the 16th century.
The first large-scale Spirulina production plant was established in the early 1970s and drew great attention worldwide.
Spirulina is a unique superfood. Blue-green algae are an ancient type of life form. They are bacteria, but also sometimes classified as plants. This type of algae gets its energy from the sun, just like plants, and uses photosynthesis to convert sunlight into food.
Spirulina represents a biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by humans and other animals.
There are two species, Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Arthrospira is cultivated worldwide; used as a dietary supplement as well as a food.