Kelp is one of the least-understood seafood products, and it’s unfortunate because this powerhouse brown seaweed subspecies is one of the healthiest, most sustainable seafood products there is!
Kelp has been steadily gaining notoriety and increasing in popularity, acclaimed for its sustainability profile, “superfood” nutrition profile, ocean-purifying characteristics, and support of local fishing families and the coastal economy
Vegan and vegetarian friendly, this sea vegetable can be consumed hot, cold, raw, cooked, powdered – basically any way you can imagine.
Kelp is used for various purposes and kelp’s benefits extend frommetabolic support (which aids weight loss) to immune system support, thyroid health, and more! Ready to learn more about what kelp is good for and how it can help you?
North Coast Seafoods is here to kelp demystify this sustainable, edible superfood as well as answer your otherfrequently asked questions about fish and seafood.
Kelp, or sea kelp, is a type of seaweed – brown seaweed, to be exact. But think of this as a sea vegetable. While it grows naturally in the ocean, it can also be farmed and harvested for food, like kelp noodles, dried kelp, and kelp wrappers for sushi (similar to nori). Because of its salty umami flavor, kelp can even be used as a seasoning.
Photo Credit: Atlantic Sea Farms
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian – not a pescatarian – seafood is off limits. Right? Not so fast.
Sea kelp, and other seaweed varieties for that matter, are considered seafood. Therefore, you can eat seafood if you’re vegan if the seafood product in question is kelp!
Our Kelp Meatballs are also plant-based, gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.
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The practice of farming kelp in “kelp forests” is a 100% sustainable and regenerative farming practice, improving the ocean water quality where it is grown.
Kelp is also a zero-input crop, requiring no arable land, no fresh water, and no pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or irrigation to be grown.
Kelp can grow and be farmed anywhere seaweed grows. Maine Sugar Kelp is cultivated during the fall-winter off-season by local fishing families. The Kelp farming process follows these steps:
Kelp farming is carbon-negative and requires no land, irrigation, or pesticides to be grown! It’s naturally easy-to-grow and low-maintenance. Kelp also locally mitigates the effects of ocean acidification!
Kelp fights climate change by removing carbon from the ocean, helping to improve water quality and mitigate the effects of ocean acidification.
Kelp is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, packed with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Don’t take our word as medical advice by any means, but kelp offersa variety of health benefits!
Just a few kelp benefits worth noting include:
Safe to say that kelp is a “superfood”! That said, if you’re a woman who’s pregnant or breastfeeding or are taking thyroid medications, you shouldavoid kelpsupplements or speak to your physician about potential interactions before consuming them.
The reasoning behind this is that kelp actually is a fantastic source of iodine. Therefore,consuming kelp while pregnant can be safe in moderation – just always be sure to consult your doctor if in doubt!
Our team at North Coast Seafoods proudly partners with Atlantic Sea Farms to source our kelp, which is grown and hand-harvested by local, independent family farmers in the clean, cold waters of the Gulf of Maine.
Maine-grown Kelp offers a promising way for fishing families to diversify their income streams in the lobster off-season.
Kelp (multiple species) is also verified by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) as a Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested ® species.
In 2021, kelp forests planted and harvested by Atlantic Sea Farms’ local farmers helped remove 107,000 lbs. of carbon removed from Maine’s waters.
Photo Credit: Atlantic Sea Farms
Whether you’re looking to incorporate a kelp salad into your daily meal plan or you want to eat kelp in a more adventurous way – like kelp ice cream, try kelp today! This sea vegetable is green (in more ways than one), not to mention delicious and nutritious!
Developed by our in-house Chef of Research and Development, Andrew Wilkinson, our Kelp Meatballs are a one-of-a-kind plant-based products that are trendy, delicious, healthy, and effortless to prepare.
These Kelp items are naturally vegan and gluten free with a clean label list of ingredients composed primarily of kelp, green chickpeas, brown rice, and spices, rewarding a bright, herby, fresh flavor profile and umami richness.
Kelp Meatballs and Sliders are available now for wholesale orders and home delivery! To order or learn more about how to become a distribution partner or retail customer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via our Contact Us page.
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