Watch Out, Kale: Why Seaweed Is The New Superfood

Oct 11, 2017

The Gulf of Maine is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and versatile seaweeds, also known as sea vegetables, ocean herbs, or marine macroalgae.  We discuss what's fueling the increasing demand for this latest superfood; it's turning up in some surprising places - from sophisticated restaurants to craft breweries.  We learn the basics of foraging for seaweeds for use in home cooking, as well as efforts to develop a market for sustainably farmed seaweeds.

GUESTS: 

Michael Chambers with kelp.
Credit Rebecca Irelan/N.H. Sea Grant

"I look at this blue planet that's 70 percent ocean ... and  to me it's a big blue pasture"
Michael Chambers

Gabriela Bradt shows some shotgun kelp.

This article  will help with the basics of nori, konbu. wakame, and dulse - recipes, too!  Did you hear about the seaweed shortbread? It's really good!  Here's a link to the recipe.

Seaweed shortbread.

Get some insight into foraging for seaweed with this video from UNH:

 

Here's a look at the UNH Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture platform where Michael Chambers farms kelp, steelhead trout, and mussels.

Credit Rebecca Irelan/N.H. Sea Grant

Curious about Selkie, the Portsmouth Brewery's seaweed beer? Watch this video about the creation of Selkie from UNH:

Lots of callers had questions about seaweed as a carbon sink. This article notes seaweeds like kelp may sequester more carbon than all other marine plants combined.