I mix Dulse flakes into my home made herb salt. I use whatever herbs are in season and grow my herb garden. I do not use any commercial flavourings like stock cubes etc.
Palmaria palmata, Dulse, sea lettuce flakes is a red alga (Rhodophyta). It grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a well-known snack food, and in Iceland, where it is known as söl, it has been an important source of fibre throughout the centuries.
The earliest record of this species is of St Columba's monks harvesting it 1,400 years ago.
Dulse grows attached by its discoid hold fast to the stipes of Laminaria or to rocks. It has a short stipe, the fronds are variable and vary in colour from deep-rose to reddish-purple and are rather leathery in texture. The flat foliose blade gradually expands and divides into broad segments ranging in size to 50 cm long and 30 - 8 cm in width which can bear flat wedge-shaped proliferations from the edge.
As a food
Dulse is a good source of minerals and vitamins compared with other vegetables and it contains all trace elements needed by humans and has a high protein content.]
It is commonly found from June to September and can be collected by hand when the tide is out. When collected, small snails, shell pieces and other small particles can be washed or shaken off and the plant then spread to dry. Some collectors may turn it once and roll it into large bales to be packaged later. It is also used as fodder for animals in some countries.
Dulse is commonly used in Ireland, Iceland and Atlantic Canada both as food and medicine. It can be found in many health food stores or fish markets and can be ordered directly from local distributors.
Fresh Dulse can be eaten directly off the rocks before sun-drying. Sun-dried Dulse is eaten as is or is ground to flakes or a powder. In Iceland the tradition is to eat it with butter.
As for its nutritional content, Dulse is extremely high in vitamins B6 and B12, as well as iron, potassium and fluoride. Dulse also contains many other vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and A,, magnesium, calcium, dietary fiber and protein. Additionally, Dulse is a natural source of iodine, essential for thyroid gland health and thyroid hormone secretion.
Some information courtesy Wikipedia.
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