Scottish company introduces gourmet seaweed condiments
Even communities that have embraced seaweed recipes for generations are finding new ways to enjoy this abundant resource.
The Scotsman.com, a regional news outlet in Scotland, recently reported on one company – Mara Seaweed – that is aiming to attract local gourmands with a range of sophisticated seaweed condiments. The source notes that seaweed has been harvested along the nation's shores for centuries, but the marine plant could still benefit from some rebranding to draw more Scottish foodies.
Fiona Houston, the entrepreneur behind the line, recently received a grant from Interface Food and Drink Innovation to further explore the flavor-enhancing abilities of seaweed with the help of the University of the Highlands and Islands. The end goal, the media outlet states, is to encourage more people to incorporate seaweed in their diets.
"There are vitamins and minerals in seaweed you simply cannot get from other foods," Houston explained in an interview. "It makes sense from an environmental aspect too," she said, adding that seaweed is "a healthy resource" that doesn't require land to thrive.
Thanks to the unparalleled nutritional value of seaweed, it has increasingly been recognized for health benefits including lowering blood pressure and facilitating weight loss. But seaweed nutrients aren't the only reason to give this sea vegetable a try, as it can also enhance the flavor of various foods. Seagreens® seaweed is sustainably wild-harvested in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, and can easily be enjoyed as The Mineral Salt and the Culinary Ingredient, and consumed daily as Food Capsules.