HARVESTING KELP AND SEAWEED 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.
Due to the high quality of seaweed on the isle of Bute, his seaweed has been used by chefs in top michelin star restaurantsall over the world.
The seaweed is carefully cut by hand from the rocks at low tide.
Hand harvesting allows iain 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 species are sustainably harvested from one location, cutting from one set shore allows him to test for heavy metals and pesticides.
just seaweed implement a safe harvesting plan to monitor each species to prevent over harvesting.
A Quick Guide To My 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.
You can buy our range in two forms.
Fresh and wet. Just like any other vegetable - Fresh is best, harvested to order 100-150g packs
Another really popular Fresh seaweed is Bladderwrack rock kelp this sea veg is best chopped and added to stir frys see rock kelp here
Dried whole leaf . Ideal for long shelf life 30 - 50g packs, air-dried in our work unit,
Dry seaweed has a more intence flavor and is usaly added to stocks and stews as a ingredient
Dry seaweed can also be used as a sea veg when rehighdrated in cold water, again the sea sprigs win the day with people coming back for more
Bladderwrack seaweed dry whole leaf is popular with people looking for a seaweed high in iron and iodine.
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
Trivia factoid. Brown seaweeds don't taste salty or fishy,
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.
You can buy our spa seaweed in two forms - fresh or dry. Fresh is the natural product harvested to order then posted same day.
Dry spa baths have been hung dried for a longer shelf life.
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|