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Explore the Delicious Delights of Edible Seaweeds in Devon

Wild seaweeds have been harvested on these Isles for centuries, and recently have become recognised as true super-foods being served on many fine dining tables around Britain.

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 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 2.5 hour edible seaweed course is the perfect primer for budding foragers and foodies alike.

What To Expect On Your Devon 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 Devon Seaweed Courses?

Sunday, 8th March 2020

  • Time: 10am-12.30pm
  • Location: 30 minutes outside Exeter. Accessible by car or bus (location revealed after you book).
  • Cost: £60

Saturday, 28th March 2020

Saturday, 11th April 2020

  • Time: 1.30pm-4pm
  • Location: 30 minutes outside Exeter. Accessible by car or bus (location revealed after you book).
  • Cost: £60

Saturday, 25th April 2020

  • Time: 12.30pm-3pm
  • Location: 30 minutes outside Exeter. Accessible by car or bus (location revealed after you book).
  • Cost: £60

Saturday, 9th May 2020

Sunday, 10th May 2020

  • Time: 1pm-3.30pm
  • Location: 30 minutes outside Exeter. Accessible by car or bus (location revealed after you book).
  • Cost: £60

About Your Edible Seaweed Course Guide

Devon Seaweed Foraging Courses

Many years back from the confines of my vegetable plot I was taken on a journey sparked by the curiosity of the acorn. “Can it be used for food. If so, how? What about the beech nut? And all these leaves and flowers! ” As they say, ‘from tiny acorns …’

I went on to complete a year-long practical course of study in wild food covering inland and coastal plants through the season, fungi and, of course, seaweed.

It was seaweed which caught my imagination and lured me to live ever closer to the coast in Devon where I have taught on seaweed walks, delivered demonstrations at the Clovelly Seaweed Festival and given talks at local community events.

There is a magic held within the inter-tidal zone where, at low tide, the jewels of the ocean are uncovered for only a short time before being consumed once more by the beautiful brine.

Seaweed can play a vital role in our daily life, our health and well-being. As well as being packed full of nutrients, they also have anti-cancer properties, support gut health and can help manage Type 2 diabetes.

So, do you recoil or rejoice at the thought of filling your soups and stir-fries full of seaweed? Can you tell the difference the wracks from the kelps? Allow me to guide you through the channels and rocks pools and reveal the wonderful world of seaweed!

Here’s What People Have Said About Previous Edible Seaweed Courses

“Thanks for a terrific and informative day, filled with exciting and eye-opening information about plants and seaweeds in beautiful natural surroundings” – John Rensten

“I’d recommend this course to anyone interested in foraging seafood and wild plants and am sure you’ll come away feeling fresh, excited and inspired as I certainly did. Thanks very much. A wonderful and memorable day!” – Nick Smart

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how impressed I was with yesterdays course. The balance of content I thought was ideal for all levels. I have never picked something in the wild, chewed it and thought “That’s bloody good!” before. The knowledge you had available made for an excellent day out and I would not hesitate to participate in another course run by yourself.” – Si Parker

“I thoroughly enjoyed the edible seashore day and came away feeling as though I had learned so much. Who knew there was so much abundance right on our doorstep? I find myself looking in hedgerows and along the beach with a real sense of excitement and I feel it’s an addiction that will certainly be passed down to my children.” – Sandra Ryton