The Seaweeds

Contrary to popular belief, seaweed comes in a vast number of shapes and sizes. These diferent types all have their own unique tastes, textures and uses. Seaweeds have been consumed in this part of the world since prehistoric times and it is a shame that this practice has sort of died out, especially when the food in question contains a huge amount of nutrients and minerals. These are just some of the many types of seaweed that can be found on the West Coast of Scotland…

Contrary to popular belief, seaweed comes in a vast number of shapes and sizes. These diferent types all have their own unique tastes, textures and uses. Seaweeds have been consumed in this part of the world since prehistoric times and it is a shame that this practice has sort of died out, especially when the food in question contains a huge amount of nutrients and minerals. These are just some of the many types of seaweed that can be found on the West Coast of Scotland…
  •  BLADDERWRACK Traditionally used to make tea, Bladderwrack is full of anti-oxidents. It can also be eaten fresh or rehyrated and used as a vegetable.

    BLADDERWRACK Traditionally used to make tea, Bladderwrack is full of anti-oxidents. It can also be eaten fresh or rehyrated and used as a vegetable.

  •  CARRAGEEN This seaweed can be used as a gelatine substitute for use in stews or broths to give a unique umani taste.

    CARRAGEEN This seaweed can be used as a gelatine substitute for use in stews or broths to give a unique umani taste.

  •  CHANNELLED WRACK Growing in abundance on and above the high tide line, this underrated seaweed has a particularly pleasing crunch when fried.

    CHANNELLED WRACK Growing in abundance on and above the high tide line, this underrated seaweed has a particularly pleasing crunch when fried.

  •  FOREST KELP Very similar to sugar kelp, forest kelp grows at the mean low tide line. Rich in nutrients, forest kelp resembles little shards of green stained glass when fried.

    FOREST KELP Very similar to sugar kelp, forest kelp grows at the mean low tide line. Rich in nutrients, forest kelp resembles little shards of green stained glass when fried.

  •  DULSE Full of antioxidants, protein, potassium and iodine, dulse stands out for its striking red colour. With its smoky bacon flavour, dulse is one of the more flavoursome seaweeds.

    DULSE Full of antioxidants, protein, potassium and iodine, dulse stands out for its striking red colour. With its smoky bacon flavour, dulse is one of the more flavoursome seaweeds.

  •  KNOTTED WRACK Arguably the most common seaweed on the west coast, knotted wrack groes in huge forests at the higher end of the tide. While the older, blacker fronds can be quite hard going, the younger, yellow fronds can be boiled to make tasty and nutritious vegetables.

    KNOTTED WRACK Arguably the most common seaweed on the west coast, knotted wrack groes in huge forests at the higher end of the tide. While the older, blacker fronds can be quite hard going, the younger, yellow fronds can be boiled to make tasty and nutritious vegetables.

  •  GUTWEED This is the seaweed that is most commonly fried to make

    GUTWEED This is the seaweed that is most commonly fried to make"crispy seaweed". It is easily recognisable due to its fluroescent green colour.

  •  SPIRALWRACK The juicy wee ends of this wrack can be used as a substitute to olives, with some people even sticking them ontop of their martini! The juice that comes from this wrack is a fab mouisturiser.

    SPIRALWRACK The juicy wee ends of this wrack can be used as a substitute to olives, with some people even sticking them ontop of their martini! The juice that comes from this wrack is a fab mouisturiser.

  •  SEA LETTUCE Noticable for its bright green colour, Sea Lettuce is commonly rehydrated and used as a vegetable of as a seasoning.

    SEA LETTUCE Noticable for its bright green colour, Sea Lettuce is commonly rehydrated and used as a vegetable of as a seasoning.

  •  SEA SPAGHETTI This recognisable seaweed grows in abundance on the West Coast and can be dried then rehydrated or cooked and used in the same was as spaghetti.

    SEA SPAGHETTI This recognisable seaweed grows in abundance on the West Coast and can be dried then rehydrated or cooked and used in the same was as spaghetti.

  •  Dried Dulse

    Dried Dulse

  •  Dried Channelled Wrack

    Dried Channelled Wrack

  •  Dried Forest Kelp

    Dried Forest Kelp

  •  Dried Sea Lettuce

    Dried Sea Lettuce

  •  Dried Sugar Kelp

    Dried Sugar Kelp

  •  Dried Serratted Wrack

    Dried Serratted Wrack

  •  Dried Mix

    Dried Mix