Seaweed can males rocks slippery, barnacles help grip

Providing grip against slippery rocks

 

Warmth is returning to  our peninsula, as some much needed sunlight returns to rejuvenate our glowing faces and variety of sea plants. Taking a walk across some fantastically slippery rocks is always appeased by the durable little barnacles, creating a grit to grip on to with the sole. Mussels are growing and it’s a great time to be foraging for fresh, local produce.

 

 

This week is  National Fish and Chip Week, which ties in with Pancake Day to make what could be misconstrued as an unhealthy food week. However, whilst harvesting has been quiet over the winter period, we have been busy creating seaweed recipes to inject some vitamin sea into your life!

With spring arrives a great season for seafood such as mussels. clams, cockles and seabass. At the very heart of what we do is the focus on sustainability, which means we’d only buy seabass from the local fishmonger when it’s in plentiful supply. You can always check on the sustainable fish list to see what’s in season and sustainable. Daisy has been experimenting with Dogfish; a relative of the shark. Her healthy fish and chip recipe can be found on our recipes section, along with many other tasty snacks using seaweed.

Seaweed harvested on the shores of Falmouth make for a tasty dish

With its spiny frame, dogfish is not popular as a commercial seller.

February is also the time for kale and greens to be abundant, giving a good nutritional contribution to any diet. One of the great things about seaweed is that whilst it is lovely served fresh, it naturally gets dried out and rehydrated daily as part of its natural lifecycle. So even in the colder months when harvesting shows slim pickings, if you buy or dry seaweed it is available year-round, and doesn’t lose any of its nutritional value, unlike a cut vegetable.

If you’ve been out looking, you’ll have noticed the plants look a bit weedy and thin. This is because, like any other plant, seaweed needs light in order to get stronger, so this time of year is not the most fruitful for harvesting. Still, wait for our foraging guide later in the year to classify and understand the different types of seaweed you can find and collect yourself.

We’re enjoying the fun side of beaches at the moment, including helping to clean them up, dramatic waves, and beautiful sunsets. We hope that everyone else on the coast is doing the same, and if you live more inland, then get planning on a summer trip to Cornwall. We’d love to see you on the beach!

The Cornish Seaweed Company have been cutting seaweed for 3 years now