Pe­ter’s tips for har­vest­ing sea­weed

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

It de­pends on the species

“Some­thing like south­ern bull kelp, you’d prob­a­bly be best go­ing in af­ter a storm and just get­ting the freshly beach-washed bull kelp. You can still get it when it is washed up on the beach, as long as it hasn’t started to dis­colour and smell. It’s prob­a­bly bet­ter to do that than cut off the live plant be­cause bull kelps are quite slow grow­ing as far as sea­weeds go.

Other sea­weeds are very fast grow­ing

Blad­der kelp is one, mak­ing it easy to har­vest over and over again.

Keep it clean

“The main thing is not to col­lect sea­weed in any area with a lot of ur­ban ac­tiv­ity or ar­eas of any pol­lu­tion,” says Pe­ter. “Be care­ful col­lect­ing it around river mouths or stream mouths af­ter pe­ri­ods of heavy rain, es­pe­cially if there’s in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture.”

Know your sea­weed

There are no toxic sea­weeds in New Zealand but Pe­ter warns some sea­weeds, such as hi­jiki, eas­ily ac­cu­mu­late en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins and should only be eaten in small amounts. Salted sea let­tuce.

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