Rock Barra Retreat was the gathering place for a workshop yesterday about Prince Edward Island seaplants. Led by Island scholar Dr. Irené Novaczek, workshop members collected seaplants from the shore, learned about the history of the seaplant industry, how to prepare dishes using seaplants, and the nutritional and medicinal values of some of the seaplants that were gathered.
The day was gorgeous, and workshop participants headed to the beach to collect seaplants right away. After half an hour walking the shore and gathering seaplants, participants found a rock ledge that was perfect to display what they had found. They arranged the seaplants they had collected into three groupings according to the seaplants’ colours: green, red, or brown. Then Dr. Novaczek discussed each seaplant in the collection.
The photographs above show three types of edible seaplants found by workshop participants: (left to right) dulse, Irish moss, and kelp.
Back at Rock Barra Retreat, participants received yet more instruction regarding seaplants, including how to prepare tasty dishes. My favourite is toasted dulse. That’s it in the cast iron frying pan above. It’s easy to prepare: just toss dried dulse with sesame or olive oil and toast it in a hot pan. It’s absolutely delicious, and it’s good for your thyroid, too.