Mar 192017
 

Seaweed with its exotic tastes and varied qualities is now cherished by people all over the world.  But many of us still wonder where to buy fresh edible seaweeds as retail outlets are very rare.   However now buying edible seaweed is not difficult, as there are outlets in and around your areas, and online stores too from where buying has become much easier.

In places where seaweed is a delicacy and a traditional prerequisite diet of the people, there are special outlets, oriental groceries and healthy food shops. For example in Ireland, Canada, western coastlands of Atlantic Ocean and Japan.  Here the people have been cherishing seaweeds for centuries as a part of their daily diet.

Abundant seaweed is growing across the coast lines of Britain.  Maximum varieties are flourishing along the Blue Flag beaches and are incomparable anywhere in Wales because of the conjunction of cold currents from the north with warm waters from the south.  We see dozens of varieties mushrooming before the tidal waves cover them under their gushing waters. And just high tide towards the beach, we can find much delicate, fine and thin film of seaweeds as if they are giving coverage to the rocks.

Buying edible seaweed for environmentalists and health conscious people has been made easy as they can have these supplies from any of the local stores. No doubt these are fresh but there is also a risk of a carbon footprint because of the energy used in shipment.

We at Dulse & Carrigeen Online are here to deliver you with the varieties of seaweed foods for you to cherish flavour of the same.  Even our advertising partners have a full stock of fresh seaweed available. You can contact us with your requirements by filling the form below.

For the people of Scotland too, buying edible seaweed has been made simpler as it is being harvested along miles of shoreline along the west coast of Scotland.  The whole process of harvesting of fresh seaweeds is done by hand and the same areas are clean enough to also be used for spas and bathing.

The next best source from where you can have your favourite weeds is of course from Chinese local grocery stores. They have abundant healthy foods stored for adding to the taste of locals as well as foreigners.  There are also some good local health shops and outlets having supplies of Nori sheets containing vitamin C and many local outlets to get supplies from Asian seaweed producers and European countries. These Asian nations are the coastal areas of Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, as well as Philippines as they are utilizing seaweed to the full for its commercial value. You can saviour many different varieties from these local Asian markets.

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Mar 122017
 

Seaweed, as the name aptly reflects, is the creation of the underwater world.  However the weeds like dulse, kelp, laver, carrageen, badderlocks, and tangle with their specific traits of rich nutritious content are much more than weeds and reminiscent of any healthy and nutritious land-based food. They bloom under the sea and are exhorted as an important part of the diet amongst many Asians.  Seaweed’s specialty also lies in its effective use as a rich source of biomass energy, animal feed due to its mineral rich properties, agricultural and horticultural fertiliser, facial scrub, moisturiser and shampoo.

Recent studies by the Scottish Association for Marine Science have recommended its use in the aquaculture industry but people here still have not grasped the taste of seaweed, even though 650 edible varieties of it are growing along the 11,000 miles of UK coastline. Traditionally seaweed farming uk was being done by using storm cast or harvesting wild stands of it and even utilizing it as their main source of food, as far back as 600 AD.  However recently seaweed farming in the UK has become the most viable option for farmers due to its market value worldwide.  Moreover recently seaaweeds are being exploited as a fertiliser, as a source of iodine, for the chemicals present in it and its use in alginates production.

For harvesting seaweed for food, farmers require permission of the local authorities as the seabed is occupied by the Crown estates.  In fact oil companies are also showing their interest in seaweed harvesting for the natural oil, but this is not agreeable to the conservationists who are trying to protect the areas around coastline, for the entire coastline is not conducive for the development of aquaculture. The only option then left for the farmers is the offshore and onshore farming. Onshore farming is done by pumping water inside the tanks on land where the seaweed is grown like an organic fish. While offshore farming is possible only when offshore wind farms are constructed as they require oxygenated water for quality growth.

Seaweeds are no doubt very valuable in terms of their productivity and it has been found that brown kelps can create 16 to 65 kilos of biomass per sq m every year. But to harvest the same innovative aquatic harvester is a need of the hour to make it convenient for the banks of kelp to be cut at a faster rate and without much human efforts. Kelp forests are very dense and their growth is also very fast making it the most convenient point for periodic harvesting.

Wild seaweed could be a great initiation point but according to one of the surveys there are around 8000 sq km of habitat in Scotland sub-littoral waters but only 1,000 square kilometers of the area is suitable for harvesting of seaweed for commercial use.  It is said that in Scotland harvesting of seaweeds for biofuels is the most viable and profitable venture as it meets the needs of our daily use of energy in the form of fuels for our vehicles.

Seaweed harvesting has been a traditional form of farming in most areas of Britain but it saw a downfall in the twentieth century. But looking at the vast potentialities and the natural coastlines, seaweed farming in the UK can again become a great commercial success and a highly profitable venture for its harvesters.