Wakame – the Women’s Seaweed

Wakame (Alaria marginata) on the west coast of California is a beautiful, magnificently abundant genus of marine algae. This nutritious, edible seaweed is considered a brown seaweed. The long, broad, gracefully flowing ribbons of Alaria cling to the rocks in the lower intertidal zones.  The olive-green fronds grow to over 30 feet in length andContinue reading “Wakame – the Women’s Seaweed”

November Seaweed Nutrition Musings and Kombu Special!

Hello from my cozy home in the redwoods. I love fall and the smells of scrumptious comfort foods, either cooking in the oven or simmering on the stovetop. One of my favorite dishes to make during the chilly season is beans! I love all kinds of beans (pinto, black, fava, black eyed peas, lima…). YouContinue reading “November Seaweed Nutrition Musings and Kombu Special!”

Seaweed harvesting and Sea Veggie Gomasio

I have been sustainably hand-harvesting seaweed on the Mendocino coast from the same 10-12 locations since 1999. Lucky me! In those years, I have come to know these seaweed harvesting spots intimately, and have been there to see the ebb and flow of more than the 11 varieties of (kelp, seaweed, sea vegetables) that IContinue reading “Seaweed harvesting and Sea Veggie Gomasio”

Bullwhip Kelp

Nereocyctis luetkeana When we think of “forests”  there’s one we often overlook — the offshore kelp forest, largely made up of Bullwhip Kelp or Nereocystis luetkeana. Nereocystis (Greek for “mermaid’s bladder”) is the largest in the family of brown algae, and found along the coast of California to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The fastest-growingContinue reading “Bullwhip Kelp”

Sea Lettuce!

July brings with it the boom of the seaweed harvest cycle for Ocean Harvest, as well as the finish of harvesting towards the end. At the end of this month, I will have spent 35+ days in the rocky intertidal seaweed beds at the lowest tides of the year. These days of harvesting are compactedContinue reading “Sea Lettuce!”

Seaweed pickles? Yes, Please!

As the heat rolls in this month, we’re thinking cool recipes. Raw recipes. And vegan! We’d like to share with you one of our easiest seaweed recipes, featuring the wonderful, the inimitable, the super-tasty sea palm. Sea Palm Pickles 1 cucumber cut into rounds 1 handful of sea palm, cut into small pieces 1/4 cupContinue reading “Seaweed pickles? Yes, Please!”

We love sea palm!

Postelsia palmaeformis – commonly known as “sea palm,” is an edible brown seaweed found on rocky shores with constant waves. It certainly resembles a tiny palm tree, and the resiliency of its cylindrical stipe and small holdfast are remarkable, enabling it to hold on to those rocks through wave after wave. In order to harvestContinue reading “We love sea palm!”

A recipe using wild nori

The first recipe we’d like to share is a much beloved snack by long-time Pacific coast residents, including many tribes and tribal communities whose ancestral territory stretches along the entire California coastline. Traditionally, wild-gathered nori was gathered and hand-formed into round “patties” (they look like palm-sized nests) and sun-dried outside on the ground. The thoroughlyContinue reading “A recipe using wild nori”