Nori is the first harvest of the season. Nori, also known as Porphyra perforate or lanceolata, is a RED seaweed and only one cell wall thick! This means you get LOTS of nutrients riding on this wonderful seaweed… Nori is the highest of all seaweeds in protein (50% by weight) and high in iron and Vit. B12. Think about this…, since Nori is only one cell wall thick, you don’t want to wash the nutrients off of it- like you see in all the neatly packaged small nori snacks in the grocery store.
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Red Seaweeds for February!
I’ve been busy planning the 2023 harvest cycle after I picked up my tide book. Did you know we can only harvest seaweed a maximum of 40 days a year? Those days are all between April and the end of July. We work with the moon phases (new and full moon) because these are the times during the summer when there are negative tides. This means we can get to the seaweed-filled rock areas in the ocean for about 1-2 hours each day (4-5 days in a row) to harvest as quickly as possible before the sea covers the rocks and seaweeds over again. It is vital to work! It is also very cyclical, like a woman’s monthly moon cycle.
This month, I want to introduce you to RED seaweeds. Three classifications of seaweeds are identified by color: red, brown, and green.
Stock up on Sea Palm!
Sea Palm (Postelsia palmaeformis) is one of our most popular seaweeds growing only in the nutrient-rich waters of the Pacific Northwest. Sea Palm resembles tiny palm trees, therefore its name. It is a brown seaweed, meaning it is chock-full of live enzymes, trace minerals, vitamins, complex carbohydrates, and algae. Sea Palm is perfect for adding to any dish you cook, with its mild umami flavor. It is also a delicious snack on its own – right out of the bag.
Hello Dear Seaweed Blog Subscribers! I took some time off from blogging this past summer to complete the years seaweed harvest, and I am back with a great recipe for you! Ocean Ribbons or Lessionopsis littoralis are beautiful flowing ribbons of brown seaweed that grow on the outermost rocks of the intertidal zone. We harvestContinue reading “Ocean Ribbons!”
Bladderwrack/Fucus Seaweed for your Health!
Bladderwrack or Fucus distichus is one of the most popular sea vegetables growing along most coasts and has been used for centuries all over the world as medicine. The brown seaweed is the #1 superfood as far as iodine and polysaccharide content.
2022 Seaweed foraging opportunities!
Seaweed foraging classes are right around the corner and we want to invite folks to come out and harvest with Ocean Harvest in a different way this year. Since our foraging classes are always in high demand, we want to offer more opportunities in a low-key fashion this year at a lower price.
Sea cabbage makes great vegan jerky!
Sweet Kombu or sea cabbage (Hedophyllum sessile) grows in clusters like a cabbage bed. We harvest the blades that have bubbly indentations, as these are high in polysaccharides, which give this sea vegetable its sweet smoky aftertaste. Sweet Kombu is a brown seaweed. It can be eaten like a chip right out of the bag, as well as cooked in stews,Continue reading “Sea cabbage makes great vegan jerky!”
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!￼”
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”