Maine Coast Sea Vegetables -Dulse Flakes - 112 g
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Dulse Flakes - 4 oz. (113g)
Bring Ocean Nutrients Into Your Home With Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Dulse Flakes
Hand-harvested from bays in the Gulf of Maine, these dulse flakes by Maine Coast Sea Vegetables are packed with nutrients. If you’re asking yourself: “Dulse flakes, what are they?” the answer is simple. Seaweed like dulse has been called a superfood in recent years and it is easy to see why! Dulse flakes are loaded with essential minerals and vitamins like iodine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, fluoride, magnesium, and lots more! Sprinkle some flakes into your salads, soups, or whatever creation you’re whipping up in the kitchen! There are plenty of dulse flakes recipes worth exploring and Maine Coast Sea Vegetables has provided the perfect option for topping your next meal.
Dulse Flakes, What Are They?
For years, seaweed has been viewed as a superfood by experts in the food industry. Because seaweed spends so much time submerged in ocean water, these plants absorb a ton of vital nutrients like iodine and magnesium. People around the world have been eating seaweed for thousands of years, especially throughout Asia. Now, more people are catching on to the power of seaweed. Dulse flakes are an excellent way to bring the nutrition of the sea to your dinner table!
The Power of Iodine
One nutrient found in seaweed in high abundance is iodine. This essential mineral is typically found in seafood. Since many people do not eat enough seafood or iodine-rich meals, statistics show that close to a third of people around the world are living with an iodine deficiency. While iodine is involved with a number of vital processes in the body, its main function is to regulate metabolic rate via the functioning of the thyroid. This keeps organs healthy, encourages proper sleep, and helps transform food into energy. A lack of iodine in the diet can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other, more serious health complications.
What Are Some Dulse Flakes Recipes?
Dulse flakes by Maine Coast Sea Vegetables can be added to an array of recipes. If you’re looking for something simple to start with, try shaking some flakes over a bowl of popcorn. The taste is salty enough that you won’t want to add anything else to the popcorn. You can also add some flakes to your eggs during breakfast to get a dose of iodine-rich deliciousness before starting your day. Whether you add the flakes to your salads or soups, you’re sure to find the tantalizing taste of this seaweed appealing enough to come back time and time again for more.
Rich in Nutrients
Like all sea vegetables, Dulse is an excellent source of Iodine. It also contains a significant amount of protein compared to land vegetables. It's rich in iron (10% DV/serving) and a good source of some of the B-vitamins.
About Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables was founded in 1971 by Linnette and Shep Erhart. After harvesting and eating some of the alaria fronds found near their Hog Bay home in Maine, the couple fell in love with the taste and wanted to share their discovery with friends and neighbors. As the years went on, the couple founded Maine Coast Sea Vegetables and continues to harvest everything from kelp to dulse to bladderwrack for consumers to add to their meals. Their mission is to encourage the rediscovery of the ancient food sources from the sea.
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Dulse Flakes are hand-harvested from remote Gulf of Maine bays at the peak of nutrition and taste (early summer to early fall.) All of their Dulse products undergo annual OCIA organic inspection for handling and harvesting, as well as voluntary testing for heavy metal, chemical and microbiological contaminants.
Whole Leaf Dulse is soft and chewy, with a distinctive taste and a rich red color. It doesn't require any soaking or cooking, which makes it a great snack to be enjoyed right out of the bag. It's a colorful salad ingredient; is tasty in soups; zesty when fried and boosts the flavor of any sandwich creation.
Organic Certification Means Higher Quality
You may wonder why they went to the trouble and expense to become certified organic by Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), particularly as they already test their dried seaweeds for the absence of heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, and microbiological contaminants. It's true that compared to land plants, They have little control over the growing conditions of their wild marine plants. But they do have choices about how, when, where, and how much they harvest, as well as how the seaweed are transported, dried, stored and packaged.
The Organic Standards developed by OCIA address all these areas where unacceptable practices may lead to resource depletion, product contamination, or inferior quality. These standards give clear and uniform direction to all of them (more than 40 now) responsible for harvesting and handling these precious plants. They feel this results in a higher quality as well as a cleaner product for you.
Harvesting a Superior Product
Bringing sea veggies from the sea to your plate requires many hands. Perhaps none are more important than the harvesters who select the wild plants from the beds where they grow in remote Downeast bays between Bar Harbor and Eastport. The kelp harvesters are the first to get their boats in the water and don their wetsuits or hipboots in early April. When it isn't clear enough to sun dry these prime plants, indoor drying with wood heat or forced hot air are used.
Since 1993 all this harvesting, hauling and storing had been accomplished following the world's first organic certification standards for sea vegetables. This means that each harvester must monitor their beds for sustainability. They must keep their freshly picked plants clear of possible contaminants throughout the harvest transport, drying and packing process. They are randomly inspected to insure compliance. They also test plants for contaminants that are water born, such as heavy metals, PCBs, herbicides, pesticides, E. coli, yeasts and molds.
Wild Harvested Seaweeds from Downeast Maine
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables is located at the very head of Frenchman's Bay. Their certified organic sea veggies are hand harvested from the rocky, sparsely populated "Downeast" coastal area between Bar Harbor and Eastport. The Harvest begins in early April, with snow pack often still on the ground and the shallow coastal inlets still frozen. The low tides of October bring them their last dulse — if they're lucky! All plants are wild and most are certified organic.