Seaweeds are an excellent addition to your diet. There is a great variety, some of which are harvested in Ireland. They have a very high mineral content and are useful in lowering cholesterol and fat in the blood. They also help cleanse the blood and strengthen the liver. Seaweeds also have very high amounts of calcium, iodine and iron, some a little higher than others.
ARAME is a black, stringy seaweed. It is the seaweed with the highest amount of calcium. It help build strong bones and teeth. Of all the seaweeds it is probably the one that most people will find the most palatable. Serve a dessertspoon of cooked arame with your main meal.
DULSE harvested in Ireland, is high in iodine and higher in iron than green vegetables. When soaked, it has a lovely purple colour. We serve in our mixed grain tofu salad in our salad bar. We also serve it in our miso soup.
KOMBU is a member of the kelp family. It is harvested in Ireland. When dried it comes in hard dark green strips . It carries toxic and radioactive waste from the body and promotes the growth of hair and a clear complexion. Use in the cooking of beans as it helps to soften them and to make then more digestable.
NORI is the easiest of the seaweeds to digest. It is called Sloke in Ireland and Laver in Wales. It is pressed together and dried in sheets. Nori is probably best known in Korimako or California roll. Hold a sheet of nori over a naked flame and toast for a few minutes, Crumble over salads or soups or grains.
Wakame is also one of the seaweeds highest in calcium. When soaked it has a lovely green colour. Irish wakame is also available. Use in miso soup or salad.