The spinosum seaweed variety that is grown on Nain is also harvested in parts of the Philippines where it is eaten as a popular local ‘salad’ vegetable.
As a whole food, there are some high value uses of seaweed such as a vegetarian alternative to one of the most expensive food products on the planet; birds’ nest soup.
Activity 5: Seaweed as food
Visit The Seaweed Site to learn about seaweed as a food.
Have you ever eaten seaweed? If so, did you have any reservations, and what did you think of the flavour, texture, smell and colour?
I thought I had eaten fried seaweed as part of a Chinese meal. It was tasty, crispy, smelt salty and was dark green. I ate it as a side dish, so I think its purpose was to add texture to the meal. However, a member of the expedition team told me that ‘crispy seaweed’ in UK Chinese restaurants is generally not seaweed at all, but fried cabbage!