Seaweeds are amazing.
Along with seagrasses, they produce over half our oxygen in our atmosphere, provide living habitats for a wide variety of creatures to forage, spawn and nurse in, and they’re a refuge from predators for fish and invertebrates. So ultimately, they are pretty good all rounders. Here in Cornwall, we have fantastic access to the sea, and over 400 species of seaweed off our shores, we are on level with Ireland, Scotland and Wales in our rich variety of seaweeds.
However, in some parts of the world, seaweeds (which are technically marine algae, and not weeds at all), are also known as sea vegetables due to their fantastic source of nutrition. They contain carbohydrate, protein, iron, vitamin C, and a fantastic range of trace elements. All seaweeds are edible (apart from the Desmarestia family which grow mainly in deep sea areas and can cause stomach upsets), which makes them safer to forage than land plants, as well as offering a diverse range of flavours, textures and versality.
In the latest issue of myCornwall magazine (available on newstands now) we discuss recipes, particular seaweed types, and how you seaweed promotes weight loss and health gains. So if you want to give avocados a miss and jazz up your dinner with some delicious marine treats, pick up or subscribe to our August/September issue.