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Here we share scientific research on seaweed from Scotland - on the role seaweed can play in increasing iodine intake. Iodine levels in soil have been depleting as agriculture becomes more intensive, so seaweed, especially the brown ones, are a useful source of this important mineral. Note that too much is not good either. 5g dried kelp per day is a guideline, although this varies, as mineral levels in seaweed fluctuate through the seasons.
Sargassum muticum / Wireweed is appearing more frequently on Irish shores.
This brown seaweed came from Japan, it is believed, in commercial oyster spat It's edible - quite tasty - but is on the list of invasive alien species.
Winter is here and I hope you got to dry and store your foraged seaweeds to use throughout the season, until new growth next spring. If not, you can buy most varieties in your local health shop or quality supermarket.
Carrageen is one worth having in the store cupboard. Known also by the names Carrageen Moss, Irish Moss, it is often sold bleached to a creamy white.