frequently asked questions
How can I use seaweed?
Great question! Seaweed is a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be used in everything from soups and grains to burgers and even ice cream. You can substitute nori for salt in most savory recipes to add vitamins, minerals, and umami; crumble wakame on salads or rehydrate it to make a nutritious seaweed salad; toss kombu in beans and grains or simmer to make an umami-rich broth. Check out our Recipes page for more inspiration!
I hear seaweed is a superfood, what does that mean?
Yes! Seaweed absorbs nutrients from the ocean it grows in, making it a nutritious source of protein, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium), vitamins, and trace elements and antioxidants (iodine, iron, zinc, selenium). There are a range of benefits to glean from these varied nutrients to assist with maintaining good health, regulating metabolism, and detoxifying. Seaweed is one of the best sources of iodine. Nutrient composition varies among different species of seaweed, and is further influenced by time of harvest and seasonal fluctuations in water temperature and nutrient availability. Our harvest and processing practices are chosen to maximize nutrient availability.
How/where do you harvest?
We harvest by hand in northern Mendocino County. We go out in the early mornings of summer, when the tide is lowest, and take care to harvest in pristine environments in an ethical and sustainable way. We're committed to preserving the abundance of this coastline for years to come!
Why should I buy Californian seaweed?
Most simply, because it's delicious! We're in love with the abundance and variety of California's culinary seaweeds - some, like kombu, add richness and flavor to broths while others, like nori and wakame, are great toasted and crumbled on top of rice as a nutritious seasoning.
Also, over 90% of the seaweed eaten in the US is imported from Asia, where it is often farmed in huge commercial areas. The seaweed we harvest is truly wild and unique. The northern California coastline offers many secret spots with pristine water and an abundance of healthy, nutritious seaweed.
You can also rest assured our California seaweed is healthy! There has been no indication of radioactivity from Fukushima in California's coastal kelp beds. Check out Kelp Watch to learn more about the collaborative scientific campaign carried out to test our kelp.
How is your seaweed different than Asian seaweed?
Many types that we harvest are similar species to Asian varieties. However, we have our unique varieties on this coast!
What is the white stuff on the seaweed?
That's natural sea salt! Enjoy!
Is this seaweed clean?
We take great care in choosing harvesting spots that are naturally pristine. Northern Mendocino County, where we harvest, is free from heavy industry and the associated pollutants. In addition, coastal Mendocino waters are frequently tested for pollutants to ensure that the ocean is safe for swimming, fishing, and harvesting.
Should I rinse the seaweed before using?
There's no need -- and in fact, rinsing can wash away some sea salt and minerals that are great additions when cooking! We've been told in parts of Asia, seaweed with white salt crystals are the prized pieces!
I'm a store owner and would like to sell your products. Where can I find more information?
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Do you sell in bulk or to restaurants?
Yes, we offer some of our products in bulk and currently sell to restaurants, food businesses, and grocery stores. Please email us at email@example.com for more information or to place a bulk order.
Is seaweed vegan? Gluten-free?
Yes, our seaweed is vegan and gluten-free. Actually, vegans love our products because they add that savory umami that mimics meat flavors. And seaweed is a natural thickening agent, and source of vegan protein!
I'm allergic to shellfish. Is there a possibility of contamination?
We harvest our seaweed from diverse coastal ecosystems where shellfish and seaweed live side-by-side. Although we take care to avoid shellfish and thoroughly clean our seaweed, there is a possibility that some small shellfish remains may be present. If you have a shellfish allergy, please consult your doctor before eating our seaweed.