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NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:16 pm    Post subject: Seaweed ID guide?  Reply with quote    

Is there a recommended one? My googling is failing.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

for general interest or kitchen use ?

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

general interest

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tasty

for a formal field guide to seaweed id

local ones

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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 )kelp is ok if young ,several others are ok .

dont eat washed up stuff ,pick it .

elderly bladder wrack is like eating boots

ps moos and sheep like em

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

like this?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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 .

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Jamanda
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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.

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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

serrated the name does fit the shape

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 15 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Invertebrate soup sounds like woodlouse and ladybird

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

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