Friday, 7 May 2010

Seashore Foraging: Harvestable and Edible Seashore Foods

Do you know your seaweeds? Which are useful for cooking and eating?

Over 30 Slow Food Galway members turned up on the Flaggy Shore, New Quay on Sunday 18th April to learn more.

Dr Stefan Kraan, co-founder of Ocean Harvest Technology and formerly of NUI Galway's Irish Seaweed Centre, brought all his knowledge and enthusiasm to bear in a terrifically entertaining and informative session. The location on one of the most scenic and beautiful parts of our coastline with New Quay's Martello tower shimmering in the sunshine made for a most fantastic day.

At low tide we trawled the shoreline and brought back samples of eight different seaweeds. There was many a damp trouser. Stefan brought handouts for everyone to take home and use to collect their own seaweed in the future. He reviewed all the seaweeds gathered and had also brought his "bag of tricks" a collection of all the different brands of seaweed available to purchase in your local healthfood store. Stefan's enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious and I know of a number of members who have been happily foraging since this event.

One of our young participants brought his handout and seaweeds to school the following morning.

We had a collection of dishes by members all containing edible seaweeds. We surprised both ourselves and Stefan with a beautiful and tasty spread.

Recipes here

We also purchased a copy of Prannie Rhatigan's Irish Seaweed Kitchen which is available on loan to members for up to three weeks. Email Kate on if you'd like to borrow it.

More photos from the day here