Let’s introduce you to a whole new vegetable garden in the ocean.
Whether you are a professional chef, vegan, local food lover, parent or just interested in healthy food, we want to introduce you to a natural flavour enhancer from the ocean.
Of course, it is challenging, but also fun to introduce new ingredients into your daily routine. And don’t worry, we’ve created an overview of the spieces we harvest in Norway and a number of recipes for inspiration!
Seaweed: Health Benefits
Seaweed may be a humble sea vegetable but it is so packed with nutrition that it outperforms many superfoods! We have our own incredible superfood right at our fingertips! Seaweed is a rich source of iodine, which is incredibly important for thyroid health and pregnancy.
It is also a great source of calcium and magnesium, as well as iron, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, potassium and trace minerals such as copper, selenium and manganese. It is also a wonderful source of omega 3 essential fatty acids, protein and fibre. Did you know that most types of seaweed contain more vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, folate, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), zinc and omega 3 than spirulina?
The polysaccharides found in seaweed (eg. agar-agar, alginate, carrageenan) also act as a prebiotic fibre for healthy gut flora and may even be of benefit during cold and flu season, with an antiviral action!
With so many antioxidants and a healthy amount of iodine, it has also been suggested that a diet rich in seaweed may even help to lower the risk of breast cancer. The Japanese diet is naturally high in seaweed and this is thought to be a contributing factor to their lower rates of breast cancer.
– Low-potassium diet- Seaweed contains a high amount of potassium.
-Pre-existing kidney conditions- Seaweed contains a high amount of sodium.
-Hyperthyroid or autoimmune thyroid conditions (eg. Hashimoto’s)- Avoid excessive consumption of iodine, however there are many types of seaweed that are safe to consume even if you have these conditions! Talk to your doctor or a qualified nutritionist.
Seaweed and Thyroid Thyroid conditions are becoming increasingly common, in females especially. Did you know that females are up to 10 times more likely to develop thyroid conditions than males? Luckily for us, seaweed contains a healthy amount of iodine, which is essential for optimal thyroid function. Seaweed actually contains the highest amount of iodine…Read more
Truffle Seaweed(Vertebrata lanosa)Truffle Seaweed is a red algae that has become more popular for its taste rather than how it looks. Originally called Grisetangdokke due to its hairy look and the fact that it grows on the rock weed (Grisetang). It grows up to 5cm in length and weighs very little. A mild truffle taste…Read more
Sugar Kelp(Saccharina latissima)Sugar kelp is easily recognisable with rippled edges and an alligator-like skin. It is yellowy-brown in colour. Grows quickly, up to 4 metres in length and 60cm wide. High in umami taste. Sugar kelp also produces mannitol, a natural sugar that gives a sweetness to your food. Soak and simmer to make a…Read more
Winged Kelp(Alaria esculenta)Winged kelp has a feather-like leaf that is split down the middle by a midrib. ‘Alaria’ translates to ‘wings’ in Latin and the leaves fan out like wings underwater. It is a type of wakame and one of the most identifying features is the pale but defined midrib that runs the length of…Read more
Nori (Porphyria umbilicali) Probably the world’s most well-known and popular seaweed. Nori has a purple colour that changes throughout the season. It has thin, smooth and almost transparent fronds up to 30cm in length. Nori has a mild taste of the ocean, similar to shellfish. Like dulse, it becomes more nutty and bacon-like when fried…Read more
Dulse (Palmaria palmata) Dulse was used by the Vikings as a beer snack and a source of nutrients. It has a soft and silky texture and has a deep red/purple colour in winter, with a greenish-yellow colour in summer. The leaves are small, flat and hand-like. Grows up to 30-40 cm in length. Dulse has…Read more
Oarweed (Laminaria digitata) Oarweed is smooth, leathery and a little tougher than Sugar Kelp. It is golden-brown in colour and has a broad leaf that splits into digits or fingerlike strips. Generally 1-2 metres in length with 5-20 ‘fingers’. It is heartier than Sugar Kelp, with a thicker blade and a salty, mineral flavor. High…Read more