Seaweed from the west coast of Ireland

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Seaweeds are found throughout the world's oceans and seas and none is known to be poisonous. Many are actually nice to eat and even considered a great delicacy in many Asian countries. Some recent, healthy recipes can be found. Seaweeds are used in many maritime regions for industrial applications and as a fertiliser. The major direct use of these plants as food is in Japan, China and Korea.

Industrial uses of seaweed is mostly centred on the extraction of phycocolloids (marine hydrocolloids), and, to a much lesser extent, certain fine biochemicals. Fermentation and pyrolysis and the use of seaweed as biofuels are not an option on an industrial scale at present, but are possible options for the future, particularly as conventional fossil fuels run out. Seaweeds are being used in cosmetics, and as organic fertilisers. They have the potential to be much more widely used as a source of long- and short-chained biochemicals with medicinal and industrial uses.

Dulse, Dillisk Palmaria palmata, commonly known as dulse, dillisk (English), dilleasc or creathnach (Irish: shell dulse) is an edible intertidal or shallow subtidal red alga found throughout the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. 

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Chondrus crispus Ideal food additives: they have a range of gelling and emulsifying properties ranging from a soft slime to a brittle gel.They also have a high reactivity with a range of materials including, most importantly, milk proteins, being widely used at low concentrations in dairy products to prevent fractionation of milk constituents. 

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Ulva compressa Linnaeus also known as Enteromorpha compressa is a Compressed seaweed with elongated, hollow fronds with a green colour. It's habitat is rock pools and sandy rocks, particularly in places with widely varying salinities such as upper-shore species. entint.jpg  order-now-button.png
Alaria esculenta (Linnaeus) Greville, Plants with olive or yellow-brown fronds to 4 m long and 25 cm wide, more often about 1 m and 7.5 cm wide. Attached by a root-like holdfast at the base from which a narrow flexible stipe arises which continues into the leafy part of the plant as a distinct mid-rib, generally with a yellow-brown colour Snap_2011-11-27_at_21.56.24.png order-now-button.png

Fucus serratus L., Zone forming on sheltered and semi-exposed shores from about MTL down to about MLWN where it meets the kelp zone. Widely distributed on all coasts of Britain and Ireland. Spain north to Spitsbergen. Fucus serratus is used in Ireland and France for the production of seaweed extracts for cosmetics, and for seaweed baths.

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