Harvesting Seaweed From Clean Scottish Waters Since 2007
Just Seaweed is a unique business run 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.
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, this is why just seaweed is truly artisan.
Our unique range of artisan seaweeds and kelps are only available to buy from this site
Just seaweed just from me.
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 on the same day. 200g packs thats 2 or 3 times more than others on the market.
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 - just add to any meal as and when you like. 100g packs for my kelps and wracks over twice as much as others packs for sale on the web .
Three main types of sea-veg.
Brown kelps. Are one of Jamie Olivers superfoods if your looking for the jamie diet then any brown kelp will work . 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
just seaweed has the best quality and the best value seaweeds in the uk.
Seaweed for spa baths
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.
my jumbo packs have 3 - 5 times more seaweed than other seaweed baths.
Just Seaweed works closely with the Scottish Food Standards Agency and Argyll and Bute Environmental Health Council. Just Seaweed is a registered primary food producer with Argyll Council.
Our safe harvesting methods have been approved by the crown estate.
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.
(sustainability is not a catchphrase) you can determine how much seaweed can be harvested by calculating the area it takes to cut 10kg of any one species, then add in its growing and reproductive cycle, from this you can tell if your harvesting plans are sustainable. so if you need to travel 15 meters along the shore to cut 10kg of a type of seaweed and you want to cut 1000kg (1 ton) you will need 1500 meters of shoreline every week, month, year , the area shouldnt be harvested again untill the species has recovered.
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.
we are the only company in the uk to harvest from one single stretch of tested coastline.
Our seaweeds have been independently tested for heavy metals and pesticides. click here to see 2014 test results ,we are the only company in the uk to openly show our test results
isle of bute water quality is monitored by SEPA, see short youtube video of our harvesting shore at the bottom of this page .
Good buisness ethics are important to me, i will never use volunteers, family foraging days or cash in hand peace workers as cheap labour to harvest or sell my seaweed, nor will i burden the tax payer or lottery for grants and funding benefits. just seaweed is 100% self funding.
FREE SHIPPING, UK ORDERS OVER £30
Postage starts at £2.80 Royal Mail.
post days are monday and Thursdays
your order will ship on the next postdate.
We ship worldwide
Be Safe Be Sure.
|Is the seaweed from one location.|
|Seaweed tested for heavy metals.|
|Seaweed tested for pesticides|
|Tap water quality tested.|
|Sea water monitored by SEPA|
|HACCP Food Safety Compliance.|
|Sustainable shore harvesting management plan.|
|See our 2014 testing results here|
|SEPA water report here|