We weren’t sure what the weather had in store as we headed out the first day in the San Juans to gather seaweeds. For those of you who read our previous post with pictures of students gathering under the sun last year, you’ll notice quite a difference this year:
Even with the wind blowing, we were able to harvest enough bullwhip kelp (Nereocystis leutkeana), winged kelp (Alaria marginata), nori or laver, (Porphyra spp.), and bladderwrack (Fucus spp.) to make some delicious meals and condiments.
Bullwhip kelp pickles
Bullwhip kelp relish
Sushi rolls and Alaria with lentils
We also enjoyed other gifts from the sea, mussels and gooseneck barnacles:
We wanted to include the perennial favorite, Navarro “oysters” with nori, but they were gone before we could snap a photo!