Edible Seaweed Foraging Courses & Walks

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

About Your Edible Seaweed Course Guide

Seaweed Foraging Courses

Robin Harford is a plant-based forager, ethnobotanical researcher, 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.

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
“What a great course! This is the 3rd course we have taken part in with Robin, that must say something in its self. Robin is a true inspiration and brilliant plant mentor. As soon as the course has finished you just want to do it all over again.” – Andrew & Mandi Hill