Sea vegetables, or by it’s common name seaweed, is an interesting sea plant with healthy and nutritious properties that has been popular in the Ballina locality for hundreds of years. Sea vegetables absorb and concentrate the rich minerals and nutrients, which abound in the ocean, into their cells. Due to the low position these herbs exist in the food chain, sea vegetables are safer to eat than many other foodstuffs encountered in the human diet. The enzyme and mineral content of sea vegetables assists the digestive process by eliminating the chemical waste we absorb every day.
During Ireland’s disastrous potato famine of 1847-48 seaweed was used commonly as a food and led to negative associations of seaweed with poverty and famine. This hard shaken image has gradually changed in Ireland as people awoke to the realisation that seaweeds were not a poor man’s alternative but rather are superior to many land based vegetables as a source of minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
We stock a variety of sea vegetables in our shop from Quality Sea Veg, Donegal. These include Dillisk, Carrageen, Sea Spaghetti, Mixed Sea Veg, Kombu, Kelp and Spirulina; as well as herb mixtures that can provide seasoning or garnish to any meal.