- Seaweed & Algae
Dulse, Palmaria palmata, is a red seaweed with a salty, smoky flavor. It's dried and consumed as a snack or ingredient. Rich in nutrients like iodine and iron, it's popular for its health benefits and as a sustainable alternative to snacks. Dulse has been enjoyed for centuries and was favored by ancient civilizations like the Vikings. Its vibrant color remains after drying, and its unique flavor and texture make it a popular vegan bacon substitute in dishes.
Dulse offers potential health benefits due to its nutrient-rich composition. It is a good source of iodine, important for thyroid function, and contains minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium. Dulse also provides antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, contributing to heart health and overall well-being.
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