News Center Maine advances seaweed bread taste test

News Center Maine reported on a consumer taste test of bread made with Maine seaweed that will take place 11 a.m.–4 p.m. July 14 at the Westin Portland Harborview hotel in downtown Portland. University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture graduate student Laurel Simone and professor Mary Ellen Camire are leading the test as part of a larger research project. Camire said Simone’s thesis idea came from her “passion for seafood” and desire to find different ways for others to enjoy it. The pair also will be collecting results for their sponsors, VitaminSea Seaweed and Atlantic Corp., two Maine companies specializing in local seaweed products, such as supplements, vegetables and fertilizers, News Center Maine reported. Camire said there are lots of health benefits to seaweed, including iodine and fiber. “There’s a lot of interest in using these products, but it’s all about finding out what kinds people really want,” she said. “Maybe they like the texture or taste, but they don’t like the smell.” Participants must be at least 18 years old and not be allergic to or dislike wheat, gluten, yeast or seaweed. Those who take part will be asked to taste three samples of bread and answer questions about themselves and how much they like the food. Participants will receive $10 for completing the questionnaire. Appointments to participate can be made online