Sea Spaghetti is a prolific brown seaweed from the North Atlantic. The blades (seaweed leaves) look like long narrow whips in a shape reminiscent of noodles. Once reconstituted, the texture of Sea Spaghetti seaweed is that of ‘al dente’ pasta. The colour may vary from dark brown, khaki to olive-green, depending on location, season and maturity of the plant. Sea Spaghetti is mostly sold dried in lengths which taste a bit like biltong.
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Our Sea Spaghetti is currently imported from Brittany in France and is tested for contaminants.
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The best way to enjoy Sea Spaghetti is re-constituted. There are 2 methods: you can keep it raw by simply soaking the dried lengths for half an hour or more in tepid liquid or, if you are in a hurry or prefer it cooked, simply boil it for 10 minutes like you would pasta. Sea Spaghetti will expand 4-5 times its weight & size, and the colour may change from black to brown or olive green. The taste is very mild, a good start for the inexperienced palate and the texture is familiar too, similar to that of ‘al dente’ pasta.
The soaking/cooking juice makes a nutritious stock that can be added to smoothies, soups or stews. For extra flavour, soak Sea Spaghetti in a tasty liquid instead of just water - stock, juice, herbal/fruit teas or sherry - the seaweed will absorb the flavour nicely. In this case, a longer soaking time will result in a stronger the taste and weaker saltiness,. See how this is applied in this winter fruit salad.
The re-hydrated seaweed can used in salads & soups, mixed with pasta; or just pan fried for a few minutes with garlic, salt and pepper as a side vegetable. Celebrity Chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal have used the seaweed to create innovative & healthy dishes. Sea Spaghetti makes a great accompaniment to tuna steak, salmon steak or scallops. Chefs have also deep-fried it (dried or re-hydrated) until golden and crispy and used it as a garnish on food or as a snack with lemon.
Health & Nutrition
Like all seaweeds in the Brown group, Sea Spaghetti is an excellent source of iodine and unique health-giving compounds like Fucoxanthin, Alginic Acid, Fucoidan, Laminarin and Lignans. It is particularly rich in calcium, magnesium & zinc, fibre and has a good balance of vitamins.
Fucoxanthin relevance for humans
Nutritional & anti-oxidant properties
Sea Spaghetti belongs to the brown seaweed group and therefore contains fairly high levels of iodine. Only a few strands per serving are necessary to meet iodine RDI.
Please refer to the information on the label to determine appropriate intake.