Truly Artisan Seaweed, Produced Using Only Traditional Harvesting and Drying Techniques. Est. 2007
Just Seaweed is a small 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 kelps 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 impliment a safe harvesting plan to moniter each species to prevent over harvesting.
we dont farm our seaweeds on ropes or artificially grown in large tanks onland.
Our seaweeds are air dried on ropes and trays using natural traditional hand turning methods (no ovens or tumble dryers).
Packed in simple packaging and labeled by hand, ready to be posted all over the uk and the rest of the world.
Our unique range of artisan seaweeds and kelps are only available to buy from this site, you just cant buy them from supermarkets, retail shops, amazon, ebay or any other outlet,
Just seaweed just from us.
A Quick Guide To Our Healthy Edible Seaweed
Kelp seaweeds are 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.
All our seaweed is hand harvested to order here on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
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, please remember i dont harvest everyday.
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.
Three main types of sea-veg.
Brown kelps. Channeled wrack (Dulaman), Sea sprigs, Bladder wrack , Egg wrack, Atlantic kelp (kombu) Sweet kelp. (Royal kombu).
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 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.
Quality Food Standards
Just Seaweed works closely with the Scottish Food Standards Agency and Argyll and Bute Environmental Health Council. Iain Mckellar, founder of Just Seaweed is a registered primary food producer with Argyll Council.
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. click here to see 2014 test results
Also my harvesting area is adjacent to a stretch of coast line designated for shell-fish growing, so the water quality is monitored by SEPA, see short youtube video of our harvesting shore at the bottom of this page .
Keep Traditional Seaweed Harvesting Alive.
its not about money greed and getting rich, its about quality of life and family.
Need Help, just give us a callCall 01700 505823 0r 07761022131
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If you don't want to use your card online, no problem, just use the pay via direct bank transfer or pay with your mobile using Barclays Pingit.
We ship Worldwide .
Postage starts at £2.80 Royal Mail.
We can ship our dry seaweeds anywhere in the world.
please remeber to alow 3-5 working days exc weekends for your order to be procesed
All bulk orders shipped via FedEx world wide shipping
United States. Canada, Australia, Europe.
UK and world-wide shipping is calculated for you at the checkout - just choose your country .
Be Safe Be Sure.
Is the seaweed from one location. Yes
Seaweed tested for heavy metals. Yes
Seaweed tested for pesticides Yes
Tap water quality tested. Yes
Sea water monitored by SEPA. Yes
HACCP Food Safety Compliance. Yes
Sustainable shore harvesting management plan. Yes
Some of our claims to fame
Escape to the country with jonnie irwin (late 2015)
Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom SBS 1 july 2015
Queen B expo Hong Kong 2014
The Telegraph. Shore to be Tasty.
Claridges London , simon rogan
Midland Hotel Manchester simon rogan
The Scotsman. Seaweed cuisine on crest of a wave
The Guardian. Food monthly
Chefs ralais & chateax New york and london
Andrew fairlie , Ramond Blanc
The Herald. Every little kelps
ITV This Morning. Phil Vickery Island Hop
Master chef the professionals. 2012
Great British menu 2012
Daily Record. Seaweed, I can kelp
The Telegraph. What's green slimy and good for you.
Coast Magazine. Slippery when wet.
Sunday Telegragh A-Z unuisual ingredients
Tom kitchen, the kitchen Edinburgh
Taste Of Scotland. Seaweed a super food
Visit Scotland Tourist Board. Local producers guide
Cbeebies Mr Bloom Get set grow
BBC good food show s, SCC glasgow NEC birmingham.
BBC Gavin Hastings radio show
BBC radio Macaulay and co
BBC The Kitchen Cafe.
Radio West Midlands
Spotlight England Eating vegtables from the sea
Flavour First mag just seaweed
An old school friend Niall Mcallister and his friend Terri Bowman are raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer. Terri and Niall's wife Angela have both suffered from this horrible disease. So in October they will be cycling 500 miles over 10 days, across Vietnam & Cambodia. They are looking to raise £2000, please help. The trip is self funding, 100% of all donations will go to the Breast Cancer Care Charity.
Charity Registration No. 1017658 (England & Wales), SC038104 (Scotland)