Scottish Seaweed – Superfood from Scotland’s Isle of Bute

By | Oct 30, 2010

Seaweed is one of the top superfoods yet remains a secret to many of us. Full of vitamin A, B, B12, C, E, K, iron and iodine it is now being farmed and marketed by a Scottish company  – Just Seaweed – based on the Isle of Bute.

“Seaweed tastes fantastic”. That was the message of Iain McKellar, owner of Just Seaweed, when I met him at his busy exhibition stand at the recent BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow. Iain and his team hand cut fresh Scottish seaweed off the Isle of Bute

“Cooking with seaweed is just like cooking with anything else. You can boil, steam, bake or fry it. Dried seaweeds can be used straight from the packet or rehydrated in fresh cold water for 15 minutes, rinsed then cooked as normal.”

To ensure their freshness, purity and nutritional value seaweed needs to be harvested from pristine seas free from pollutants. The waters off the Isle of Bute are perfect and  dulse, channel wrack, sea grass, sea lettuce, atlantic kelp and sugar kelp arejust a few of the varieties now available from Just Seaweed.

Humans have been eating seaweed for millennia. Living close to the shore early settlers on Scotland’s islands and west coast supplemented their shellfish and seafood diets with some of the local seaweeds. Japanese culture has developed seaweed cuisine to gourmet level and these flavours and textures that characterise Japanese food is making seaweed increasingly popular as a food in the west.

If the idea of eating seaweed doesn’t appeal then don’t worry. Pop it in your bath and enjoy a beneficial Thalassotherapy bath. Seaweed baths have great health benefits. Throw a few handfuls of bladderwrack or knotted kelp wrack in a bath of hot water and you are on your way to improving blood circulation, helping to release toxins, rejuvenating, toning and moisturising your skin.

Pass the loofa Janet!

1 Comment so far
  1. Gail McGregor July 11, 2016 4:51 pm

    Good evening 
    I am a fine artist using seaweed as my main medium, I wondered if you were able to use my small pieces of 2D and 3D art work to decorate, enhance your products or shop displays? 

    I am a mixed media artist whose work ranges from textiles and handmade paper to weaving and sculpture. 

    My work is inspired by the dramatic landscape of Skye as well as the objects I find on coastal and woodland walks.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kindest regards 

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