Sea Chicory green seaweed is well-known in Asia – particularly in Okinawa – and in coastal areas of South America. Part of the ‘red’ seaweed group, Sea Chicory is prized for its enticing appearance, jellifying properties, mild taste and crunchy texture. Japanese people call it ‘yanaginori’, and it is one of the traditional ingredients in Peruvian food. Great in salads, it also makes a fantastic edible garnish that boosts the nutritional value of a dish.
Pacific Harvest Sea Chicory is harvested from the clear waters of the South Pacific. It re-hydrates quickly and expands dramatically (8-10x) before your eyes; it is said to have extraordinary health benefits.
Our Sea Chicory is harvested sustainably from the wild coast of South America and tested for contaminants.
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What looks like a mass of dried wiry hair reconstitutes to what resembles pretty little bits of lace. The colour is very attractive, bright and in shades of red, rust & green. The taste is mild and the texture slightly crunchy. It makes a striking edible garnish for seafood & raw vegetable platters or fresh salads, and adds colour, texture & nutrition to soups & stews. Try it in coconut milk, combined with marinated fish or in tuna poke, a salad from Hawaii. Because of its high content in seaweed jelly, Sea Chicory is an alternative to Irish Moss to set puddings.
When using Sea Chicory in salads, the dressing should be added when ready to eat as it may draw out its natural jelly, making the seaweed feel slippery.
Health & Nutrition
Classified as a red seaweed, Sea chicory contains naturally occurring carrageenan, a jelly with soothing effects on the digestive tract when consumed as part of the plant. Sea Chicory provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals & trace elements. It is believed to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties and is said to support immune function.
Nutritional & digestive benefits
Effects on Gut Function
Bioactivities of sulphated polysaccharides
Natural Carrageen & its applications
Polysaccharides & immunity
Label & Warnings
There has been some evidence that Carrageenan, a gel compound naturally present in Sea Chicory, may decrease blood pressure and slow blood clotting. Caution is advised if the seaweed is consumed regularly while being treated for high blood pressure or using medication that slow blood clotting. Please check with your health practitioner if you have any concerns.