A grinding sound awakens me before daybreak in Maine.With too many fish being taken from the ocean, some fishermen have turned to harvesting seaweed off of Maine’s rocks and ledges as a part of the state’s emerging aquaculture industry.
Sarah Redmond, Extension Associate at the Maine Sea Grant College Program, told us that Maine is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and versatile seaweeds, also known as sea vegetables, ocean herbs, sea plants, and marine macro algae. Seaweeds are used for food, extracts, beauty and health products. They are a valuable source of essential minerals and vitamins.
Leave the harvesting to the fishermen, and instead, try a bag of dried seaweed from the health food store where you can also purchase nori, kelp, or kombu. Sarah Redmond suggests some easy things to do with seaweed.
• blanch rockweed tips, add to pizza, rice, or salad
• simmer and use for a nutritious broth
• simmer to soften, add sesame oil, vinegar, and soy sauce. Marinate and add to salad with carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado
• Try a seaweed and cucumber salad. Top with sesame seeds
So try some seaweed, and congratulate yourself for swallowing more calcium than broccoli along with the omega 3s you’ll find in avocados as well as some Vitamin B-12.