Ireland is a beautiful island nation surround on all sides by water and for generations the sea has been a source of sustenance. The most local, nutrient dense, 'superfood' that our oceans provide us with are the wide variety of wild Irish seaweed. Turning your nose up already? Hold up! These powerhouse vegetables are so easy to add to meals and such a great way of supercharging the nutrient density of any breakfast, lunch or dinner! Here are some sea vegetables you need to try...
What are the nutritional benefits of Sea Vegetables?
Sea vegetables are essentially different types of seaweed that come from the sea. They offer the broadest range of minerals of any food. They are an excellent source of:
- folic acid
In addition, seaweed contains significant amounts of fibre making them Ireland's true superfood.
Sea Vegetables You Need to Try
In need of some vitamin sea? Not sure how to go about it? If you've visions of stinking up your kitchen with batches of fresh seaweed, worry not. There are some incredibly handy ways to work sea veggies in to your diet that don't require major prep. Let us show you how easy it is with these sea vegetables...
Wild Irish Sea Veg Sprinkles
These sprinkles are so versatile that they can be sprinkled over salad, soups and into stir-frys and smoothies. There are a variety to choose from; Sea Spaghetti, Dillisk, Kelp and Kombu to name but a few. They are amazing sources of iodine, magnesium, zinc and calcium.
Top Tip: These sprinkles can also be used as a table salt alternative as their great taste can add a lot of seasoning and flavour to any meal.
Nairns Seaweed Oat Cakes or Algaran Seaweed Rice Crackers
Supercharge your lunchtime by choosing a Seaweed infused Rice Cake or Oatcake to be topped with Hummus or Nut Butter of your choice.
Clearspring Sea Veg Crispies
Once you start you may never want to stop; these Toasted Nori Thins are so tasty one pack is just never enough! These are great straight from the packet or you can crumble them over your lunch or dinner ensuring you are getting LOTS of added nutrients.
If you have never made sushi before you are really missing out! It's so fun to make and is something that you can do together as a family or a group of friends. This is the perfect time of year as it can be filling; nutrient dense and cooling on warm summer evenings. If the idea of raw fish turns you off, fear not, you can use vegetables, tofu and avocado as 'fish free' alternatives.
Algaran Irish Dukkah
This is one of our new found favourites - an Egyptian spice blend of toasted nuts, seeds and now with added seaweed Dillisk also known as Dulse, seems so simple but can add so much taste, texture and flavour to any dish. The range of Algaran Dukkah comes in a variety of flavours to suit everyone's taste buds! Just sprinkle and enjoy!
If you're looking to stock your press with some sea vegetables of your own, browse our range of seaweed and sea veggies on Evergreen.ie.
Checked and updated: 4 September 2021