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Seaweed Information: traditions, characteristics and uses

Kombu & Kelp – The Same?

Kelp prepared as seasoning or as Kombu strips   Kombu is the Japanese word for dried sea kelp. In China it is called Haidai. Kombu/Kelp/Haidai, are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera* around the world (see Laminariales for more information). Kelps grow in underwater "forests"…
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Salt Controversy #2: how much salt should we have?

How much salt … that is the question! For years, doctors and government regulators alike have been telling us to reduce our salt intake for health reasons. They say too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even death. But is this true? Is salt really the enemy? While there is…
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History of salt in New Zealand

Lake Grassmere today with its crystallisation Ponds. Compliments of Dominion Salt - Natural Salt Division DID YOU KNOW?  The ponds pink coloration has two causes. First, the normally green micro algae (Dunaliella salina) that live in the brine form a red pigment  in high salt concentrations. The same algae gives the Red Sea its name.…
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Spirulina – not Seaweed?

A cyanobacteria bloom in California. Spirulina benefits are similar to seaweed's although it is a different organism entirely: a microscopic blue-green algae classified as bacteria. This spiral shaped, vitamin-rich algae has existed since the beginning of life on earth and grows in alkaline water bodies (mostly lakes, ponds & rivers) mostly in warm & sunny climates. CHARACTERISTICS…
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Gigartina Sea Chicory – Medicinal History

Dry, it looks like tumble weed - but fresh or re-hydrated, it's like little bits of lace Sea Chicory's colour is varied: dark green, violet green, maroon, coral or red. Its shape and size vary as much as its colour. The specie that we have is endemic to the South-eastern Pacific, nearby the coasts of…
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Carrageenan, what is it?

Carrageenan moss is a common name for a family of gel-forming and viscous polysaccharides present in various species of seaweeds, especially red seaweed.

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