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Bladderwrack, you got to try this!

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Even those who try to turn their nose up at seaweed often tell me “that’s really good!”

Bladderwrack has many a allies, call it what you want, popweed, rockweed, poppers and the scientific name Fucus. The word wrack comes from an Old English word vraic. (Vraic’s refers to several different seaweed that grow on the shores of the Brittish Isles.) Like all seaweeds Bladderwrack is an algae and it falls into the brown variety, which are particularly high in Iodine and an array of other micro nutrients, vitamins and mineral such as Vitamin A, C, phosphorus, iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium . The saltiness you are tasting is actually those sea minerals. These crispy sea veggies are­­­­ a tasty and nutritious snack here to feed all your salt cravings without giving you unhealthy salts. Bladderwrack has been used to treat low thyroid function & high blood pressure.

Bladderwrack is found here in the remote pristine waters of Southeast Alaska in an abundance and can be seen at most stages of the tide except quit high tides. Harvest time is in late spring when the reproductive part of the algae (the bladders) are plump with mucus. They can be eaten raw, but my preference is in the crunchy dried bladders that I have prepared for you. Try them with walnuts or cashews, tossed in with your popcorn, crumbled over rice or omelets. If they absorb too much moisture and become soft they can be re-dried in a food dehydrator.

I feel so lucky to live in a place where wholesome pure food cultivated by the sea is in arms reach.



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