WHAT IS SEAWEED?
Seaweed is a generic name for a large group of aquatic plant life including kelp that are composed of algae. There are three basic types, red, green and brown. Each plant is composed of a root structure, a stem and blades where most of the photosynthesis occurs. Beds of seaweed play a crucial rule in ecosystems including providing sources of food and habitats for marine species to reproduce. Up to 90% of the worlds oxygen is produced by this algae. However because of their dependence on photosynthesis, they prefer shoreline locations. Furthermore this algae helps filter contaminates from
WHERE DOES SEAWEED COME FROM?
It initially evolved during the Proterozoic period over 1 billion years ago. Ocean temperatures were much colder back then and the world’s oceans were much shallower. Initially single cell, it evolved into a multi-cellular organism. Before plants had evolved to survive on land, they thrived in the ocean in the form of algae.
WHEN IS SEAWEED IN SEASON?
The plant grows year-round though it is only harvested during low-tide. The plant grows faster in colder winter water and tastes the best when harvested in the Spring.
HOW IS SEAWEED DANGEROUS?
When this algae dies and starts to decompose, it consumes oxygen from the immediate environment. Known as a fish kill, it causes fish to suffocate from being unable to breath. Red tide is slightly different in that it is microscopic algae that’s still alive but toxic to nearby marine life.
IS SEAWEED HEALTHY TO EAT?
Yes! It is not only a healthy source of food, but are also used frequently in holistic medicine. Rich in iodine and tyrosine, both help support thyroid function. They’re also a good source of copper, iron, riboflavin, manganese and thiamin. Seaweed is also a good source of anti-oxidants and fiber.