Sea Garden is no Secret
All this talk of how good bladderwrack is for you has resulted in you guys asking, “I’m game, so where do I find it?” We’re so happy to hear your interest in this wonderful sea green (and thanks for the great comments)!
If you’re lucky enough to live on the shores of the Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, you’ll discover plenty of bladderwrack growing on tidal rocks, dock moorings, and sea walls. We like to encourage people to harvest the seaweed in a sustainable manner, which means not taking more than you need and not damaging its ecosystem. Use a sharp pair of kitchen scissors to snip off the fronds (the outermost tender leaves) from several different plants, leaving the holdfasts and remaining fronds in tact (and try to resist popping them – as mentioned in our previous post, these contain the plant’s gametes and are essential to its reproduction). When you get home, simply soak or simmer the seaweed in hot water for 10 minutes before consumption. After soaking, you can roast the fronds in the oven to make flakes to sprinkle on salads (or break into bigger pieces for chips). Or skip roasting and keep it in your fridge. We’ve found bladderwrack is a delicious addition to stews and roasted potatoes. It is also popularly used as a tea by steeping one tablespoon of dried bladderwrack to one cup of boiling water.
It’s important to harvest bladderwrack from clean waters away from pollution or busy docks.
If you don’t live near the ocean, or don’t have time to source your own seaweed – don’t fear! Seaweed such as bladderwrack is available at most heath food stores, sold mostly as a supplement. Please note that it’s important to check with your doctor before taking supplements. Bladderwrack products have a set amount of iodine per capsule so it’s a good idea to find out how much you should be taking from a medical professional.
Seaweed can also be purchased online. We personally love BC KELP. Like SeaLuxe, it is a small family business that produces premium quality products in small batches. BC KELP specializes in bladderwrack and bullwhip kelp although they also do sell smaller batches of macro, wakame, and kombu.
Enjoy your seaweed hunt!