Harvesting Seaweed using Traditional Methods Since 2007
Just Seaweed is a unique business run solely by Iain Mckellar. Iain has been harvesting and selling seaweeds since 2007 from the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland. Iain harvests natural wild edible sea kelp for consumption and spa bathing.
The seaweed is carefully cut by hand from the rocks at low tide, Hand harvesting allows us to ensure the seaweeds and kelp's are ready for harvesting. This means only the highest quality, edible seaweed is picked at exactly the right time and at the right season.
all our species are sustainably harvested from one location, cutting from one set shore allows us to test for heavy metals and pesticides, we implement a safe harvesting plan to monitor each species to prevent over harvesting.
Seaweeds are harvested and dryed as the orders come in, we dont hold masses of stock this ensures your seaweed is as fresh as possible with the longest shelf life.
Our seaweed and kelp's are hand dried using traditional methods, ( we do not use tumble dryers or ovens ) just natural air and patience.
in fact nearly every process of our seaweed production is done by hand, cutting, washing, drying, packing, labeling , some seaweeds on the market hardly touch human hands artificially grown on ropes or inland in heated tanks, harvested by machines dried in tumble dryers and packed and labeled by another machine.
A Quick Guide To Our Healthy Edible Seaweed
Brown Kelp seaweeds are the new superfood packed with vitamins A, C, E, S, K, G and B12.
Seaweeds are also high in minerals and trace elements NA, K, CA, MG, ZN and FE.
Some sea vegetables are very high in protein - up to 30% of their dry weight and can contain 15 common amino acids.
Brown seaweeds are not salty or fishy, thats red and green seaweeds
You can buy our range in three forms.
Fresh and wet. Just like any other vegetable - fresh is best, harvested to order direct from local waters simply washed in tap water then posted same day. 100g packs
Dried whole leaf or ground. Ideal for long shelf life, air-dried in our work unit, you can buy whole leaf or ground to a small grain.
Three main types of sea-veg.
Brown kelps. Channeled wrack (Dulaman), Sea sprigs, Bladder wrack , Egg wrack, Atlantic kelp (kombu) Sweet kelp. (Royal kombu). like all food stuffs (Fresh is best)
Brown seaweeds all have a umami flavor which is a Japanese word for savory (うま味) umami is the fifth taste after salt sweet sour and bitter.
Red purple. Dulse (Dilisk), Carrageen (Irish moss), purple laver (Nori), Tandy, mainly spring and summer.
Green. Sea lettuce, green Aonori, gutt weed (Sea grass) sea garmon
Seaweed for bath soaks
I harvest serrated wrack seaweed which has been used for generations for skin care and to ease aches and pains.
Thalassotherapy is simple you just place a bag of our fresh or dry serrated wrack into the bath add warm water the seaweed gives of a oil packed full of vitamins and minerals and trace elements your body then absorbs them through your skin as you relax in the bath.
The Isle of Bute used to have a seaweed bath house but it went out of fashion after the WW2 some bath houses in Ireland still exist today.
Sustainability i only harvest certain seaweeds at certain times of the year this alows the seaweed to regrow and reproduce, i also rotate my harvesting patch so i never harvest the same patch two years in a row.
We use HACCP Food Safety Compliance and Certification. All our seaweeds are washed and dried in our work unit.
Our seaweeds are harvested from the same remote 2 mile stretch of shoreline with nothing around apart from a couple of farm houses and some moorland sheep.
Our seaweeds have been independently tested for heavy metals and pesticides.
isle of bute water quality is monitored by SEPA, see short youtube video of our harvesting shore at the bottom of this page .
Free post on all uk orders over £30
Fresh seaweed orders shipped within 48 hrs
Be Safe Be Sure.
|Is the seaweed from one location.|
|Seaweed tested for heavy metals.|
|Seaweed tested for pesticides|
|Safe harvesting conditions.|
|Sea water monitored by SEPA|
|HACCP Food Safety Compliance.|
|Sustainable shore harvesting management plan.|
|See our 2015 testing results here|
|SEPA water report here|