Oarweed is golden-brown in colour and has a broad smooth leaf that is firm in texture. It grows up to two metres in length with between five and twenty finger-like fronds. Heartier than sugar kelp, it has a thick blade and a salty, mineral flavour. Oarweed is naturally high in iodine, which has many health benefits.
Oarweed can be used like a root vegetable. Gently simmer to soften, or use it as a base for nutritional, hearty broths, providing that unique umami flavour (similar to dashi). It’s also a great digestive aid.