Wild seaweeds have been harvested on these Isles for centuries, and recently have become recognised as true super-foods being served up on many a fine dining table.
There’s nothing quite like a return to the fun and frolicking of our childhoods. Skipping over the rock pools, peering in crevices and pointing, continually asking the question “What’s that?”.
Seaweeds are something that we need to be eating every day, the same as with land-based plants. The evidence is in, they are anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory. They lower blood pressure and lipids, as well as being huge boosters to our immune system.
They have been described as the most nutritious form of vegetation on this planet. But how many seaweeds do you know, and how do you know the difference between them, as well as how to eat them in ways that will tickle your taste-buds and send you off on an oceanic epicurean adventure!
Just because a seaweed is listed as edible, doesn’t mean its tasty? There are some that are nail curling, and others that have you spitting for 15 minutes.
And more importantly, once you have discovered those “ocean gems”, how do you cook with them once they arrive in your kitchen?
These questions and much more are covered during our gentle stroll around a stunning Devon beach 15 miles east of Exeter. This 2 hour edible seaweed course is the perfect primer for budding foragers and foodies alike.
What To Expect On Your Edible Seaweed Foraging Course
During our time together you will be shown a plethora of edible seaweeds, when and where to collect them, learn about their nutritional values, how to collect them sustainably, compare their tastes, textures and umami flavouring and if you are lucky, discover the elusive pepper dulse.
If we have time, we’ll also go coastal plant spotting, and discover more wild edible delights… but only if we have time!
When & Where Are The Seaweed Courses?
- Sunday, 1st April 2018
- Time: 12.30am-3pm
- Location: 30 minutes outside Exeter. Accessible by car or bus (location revealed after booking).
- Cost: £50
- FULLY BOOKED
About Your Edible Seaweed Course Guide
Robin Harford is an ethnobotanist, professional forager and wild food educator. He has been teaching people about their local edible landscape since 2008.
He is the author of the acclaimed The Seaweed Notebook, a multimedia online seaweed course.
His foraging courses were voted #1 by BBC Countryfile in 2017.
Robin travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Africa, India, SE Asia and Europe.
He is a co-director of Plants & Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world.