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NorthernMonkeyGirl

Seaweed ID guide?

Is there a recommended one? My googling is failing.
dpack

for general interest or kitchen use ?
dpack

general interest
dpack

tasty

for a formal field guide to seaweed id

local ones
dpack

some are nicer than others ,some can be a bit too good at "improving your transit" and a few indicate a lot of organic or mineral "run off" but afaik none are toxic in uk waters .

with a high sugars,carbs and protiens content as well vitamin c and a good selection of minerals they are both part of a balanced diet and a staple survival food .

i like several green ones ,laver,dulse ,sugar wrack(a bit good at the transit thing Wink )kelp is ok if young ,several others are ok .

dont eat washed up stuff ,pick it .

elderly bladder wrack is like eating boots Laughing

ps moos and sheep like em
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Nice, thanks!
I've collected a few handfuls today, to ID and for the pot if possible. I gather there's nothing poisonous in terms of our seaweeds?
I've just nibbled one and it's delicious.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

What I have doesn't seem to match the common pictures. Unless pepper dulse comes in red? Laughing
dpack

afaik there are no directly toxic uk seaweeds

im rubbish at the names of some of the ones i like best but experimenting is fairly safe

avoid outfalls etc

some are good raw ,some dry well and some need turning into a paste to then fry or bake.

the green one that looks like a limp ,see through, lettuce leaf is ace in soup or deep fried and sprinkled with brown sugar or it dries well as flakes or made into sheets for sushi wraps
dpack

like this?
NorthernMonkeyGirl

There's a serrated-edge one, with or without bobbly bits




There's a crinkly one




And there's the reddish one, closest I see in shape is pepper dulse?


NorthernMonkeyGirl

Oh hang on, third one seems to look like this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmundea_pinnatifida
dpack

the first one develops sweet goo in cyst like forked pockets ,when it gets a bit older tis ok but a bit "runny"if you eat too much.

if i knew the name i have forgotten it

the last one is tasty and best cooked as a spice in something like invertebrate soup.

the local/common names are confusing as they can be similar for different plants and different for the same one depending where you are .
Jamanda

Top one is Fucus serratus Serrated wrack, next one is fucus spiralis, spiral wrack.

I'm thinking pepper dulse for the last one - proper name evades me.
dpack

serrated Cool the name does fit the shape
NorthernMonkeyGirl

Invertebrate soup sounds like woodlouse and ladybird Laughing

There were lots of limpets and winkles I didn't have a bucket for.
dpack

limpets are tasty and safe ,cook until they fall out of the shell(quite quick) scrape the "bits"off the foot and keep the foot, either chew or mince and make into soup,burger,risotto or whatever

winkles are fairly safe (ensure clean waters) boil "winkle out with a pin ,eat with or without condiments or in soup ,stew etc

sea slaters are ace ,treat like prawns .

shrimps and prawns are best netted as are the very small soup fish found in rock pools

beware whelks ,they eat critters that filter feed and sometimes concentrate biological challenges as well as chemical ones

filter feeders should only be eaten from clean waters and even then raw is a bit of a lottery .

small crabs taste better than big ones but they are either a faff or a bit crunchy Laughing

etc etc

where there is seaweed there is fishy stuff to go with it and again apart from critters from dirty water (or rotting ones)the uk spineless are non toxic unlike the tropical critters some of which are "well hard" alive or dead
Jamanda

And they taste like fatty snake!
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