Sea lettuce seaweed is one of the most easily identified because of its vibrant green colour. It is sometimes called green laver or green nori because of its tissue-like texture similar to that of nori (Karengo, in NZ). Sea Lettuce grows naturally in a variety of shapes (ribbons, tuffs or sheets) and shades (from pale yellow to very bright or dark green) and has a distinctive aroma. Sea Lettuce grows near the shore and physiologically is the closest seaweed to land plants; it is commonly found on intertidal rocks, in tide pools, on reef flats, growing on shells, other seaweed or free floating. It sometimes favours areas of fresh water runoff that are rich in nutrients (particularly nitrogen), beware then, it can become invasive & smelly as it decomposes, and may contain pollution from the land. Harvested and enjoyed worldwide, it is common in temperate and colder seas. When dried, Sea Lettuce is very light in weight and expands generously upon re-hydration. It must be stored in a dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve its colour and nutrients. Although Sea Lettuce grows in great quantities along the NZ coastline, its commercial harvest is not permitted.
Sea Lettuce has a distinctive grassy & peppery flavour. The taste combines well with eggs, fish & shellfish (especially scallops), grains & pulses, nuts & seeds, peas, cream, butters, potatoes & cheese. The Flakes make a wonderfully attractive salad sprinkle & soup garnish and as a tasty and nutritious condiment for a variety of dishes including baking. Try it as a coating for cheese truffles or as one of the ingredients in this fantastic tartare!
Provenance Our Sea Lettuce is imported from France and tested for contaminants.