Move over kale, Make Room for KELP!
About a month ago, I learned of an organization called GREENWAVE that in their own words is an ocean-farmer and fisherman-run organization dedicated to building a new blue-green economy that creates jobs, mitigates climate change and grows healthy food for local communities. A mission that truly embodies my point of view on where we should be going on so many different levels, namely a nourishing and regenerative product for people, animals and the planet.
After absorbing all the information on their site, I set about tracking down how I could feature sea greens, specifically Sugar Kelp at Sugar Fish VT. The naming is a coincidence but a happy one. After a couple emails and phone calls, I met with the General Manager of Sea Greens Farms and procured my first order of kelp.
We met about half way between Biddeford ME and Waitsfield VT for the Kelp hand-off in the Target parking lot where we swapped some sea and ski stories, and he shared some of his favorite ways to prepare kelp. The Sugar Kelp we are featuring is grown and harvested off the shores of Mystic CT by the Stonington Kelp Co and processed by Sea Greens Farms in Biddeford ME. Since then I have been experimenting with different cooking methods and researching the health benefits and the best way to integrate this into my typical way of eating, and here are my top ten reasons why you should be, too.
Top ten reasons you should be eating kelp in your diet and feel good about it at the same time.
The farming practice requires zero inputs
Kelp is the most sustainable form of food production on the planet and the second fastest growing plant in the world
Kelp assists in sequestering carbon and rebuilds reef ecosystems
Kelp is packed with beneficial nutrients, from minerals to fiber to unique polysaccharides that aren’t found in land plants or in sea animals.
Helps to generate jobs and livelihoods
It is used as biofuel and fertilizer by helping to isolate nitrogen from home and land farm runoff
It has an appealing neutral taste with the slightest hint of the sea
Adaptable to a variety of cooking preparations
Traceable from the ocean floor to your mountain door
It contains mannitol that gives it a slightly sweet taste, hence its name Sugar Kelp.
And there are many more.
Don’t just take my word for it, give it a try. You won’t be sorry, and your body will thank you for making a healthier choice.
Kelp Noodles are available at Sugar Fish VT. We are open Thurs – Sun 10 am – 6 pm and other times by appointment or by chance.