Entangled in deliciousness – a seaweed’s special
The North Atlantic is home to a large range of more than a worldwide total of over 10.000 different species of seaweed. Here in Iceland we use the sea vegetable for skincare and beauty treatments, medical products, fertilizer, and even brewing beer! But its richness in vitamins, minerals, and protein makes algae first and foremost a highly nutritious superfood.
A lifesaver in the past
In times of famines, bad harvests, and severe winters, the superfood from the ocean was able to prevent malnutrition and balance out the shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables. In Iceland, the health benefits of seaweed were recognized as early as the middle ages. The consumption of dulse appeared in the Icelandic Sagas, and its harvest was already regulated by the 13th-century Law Book Grágás :
“Each man owns the crops on all of his land. Men are allowed to eat berries and dulse on another man’s land without punishment.
But those have to pay a fine of three marks of whom it becomes known that they have unlawfully stolen it”
Eat it but don't steal it! This law is still in effect today and should of course also be taken into account when going berry picking.