im Iain Mckellar and i am a seaweed harvester , i have owned and ran just-seaweed since 2007 . some say im one of the UK’s leading seaweed foragers, i say im just lucky to get to play on the beach all day.
I live on the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland. I harvest by hand natural wild edible sea vegetables and kelp for spa bathing. MY fresh sea vegetables is carefully cut by hand.
i harvest everything myself in all weather conditions using only a knife and a wee bucket dont feel too sorry for me, i only harvest enough marine algae to cover my outstanding orders for that week so its only a bucket or two at any time.
i then take the wet weed to my work unit where its washed ,packaged then posted to my customers all over the world from the UK to the USA.
What is seaweed ?
Seaweeds are plants (marine algae) that live in seawater. They don't have roots and they feed from the water around them.
Just like some plants, most seaweeds have seasons. Kelp can grow at the unbelievable rate of 1 to 2 feet per day under the right conditions. Marine algae reproduce by giving off spores, although most seaweeds are seasonal. Some types can live for 20 years. Seaweeds are sometimes called kelp, sea vegetables, wrack, sea algae or marine algae.
There are three main types: red, brown, and green. Some are 30ft long; others only a few inches. Each type has its own characteristic texture and flavour. Seaweeds can be found from the high tide line down to a depth of 60m below the surface.