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Bull Kelp Adventures In Tofino

 

Most people, when they travel, like to shop. They like to check out the local goods, bring home a souvenir or maybe some hot new threads.

I bring home seaweed. When I was in Ireland last May, I brought back a local harvest of dillisk (similar to what we know of as dulse).  From St. Lucia, I smuggled back a garbage bag full of sea moss.

I have just returned from two beautiful weeks on the western most point of the western most coast of this beautiful Canadian country. Two weeks in Tofino eating an aquariums worth of seafood, giving great big love to 1,000 year old trees and debating about leaving my clothes in Tofino and filling my suitcase with seaweed.

Bull Kelp Painting by Mark Hobson of TofinoOn our first morning, Josh and I hopped on some bicycles and rode through the fog of Chesterman beach at low tide and found heaps and heaps of seaweed washed ashore. All were attached to this giant bulb like think with a long, long tail.

We came home and did our Super Nerd nutrition research and discovered this is a type of seaweed was called bull kelp.  It grows up from the ocean floor, and the bulb like thing on top known a a 'Mermaid Bladder" is filled in part with carbon monoxide which enables it to float so well. The kelp grows out from the top and stays close to the water's surface. This means it gets all the goodness from the sea and from the sun!

Have I bored you already with this nerrrdyness? Well, the J-man and I were nutritiously excited about this and were even more excited when we learned that there are peeps doing work right now on how this plant can be used as a form of renewable/sustainable energy. Yep. You can get oil from kelp. GMO corn can go back to where you came from.

One of the greatest challenges we have when it comes to sea veggies and what we eat is that we don't eat sea veggies. We just don't really know what to do with them and when we do eat them, we think they taste like the sea. Imagine that?

If you are at all familiar with the idea behind pH and alakalinizing our body's pH as a means of cancer prevention and promoting health, than you know about sea veggies. There is nothing more mineral power packed than this and that is all there is to it.

Additionally sea veggies are awesome sources of:

  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Antioxidants
  • Protein!!!

I love to incorporate these goodies into my everyday diet! Here are some of my favourite ways:

  • Add to salads
  • Use kombu when cooking beans/lentil dishes and leave the seaweed in.
  • Increases mineral content and reduces gassiness of the beans
  • Soak and blend into a nutrient rich milk substitute
  • Dulse and apple makes a satisfying sweet and salty snack
  • Roll veggies wraps in sheets of nori
  • Add wakame or arame to salads and soups
  • Learn to enjoy as a snack
  • Toast dulse or nori in the oven as a delicious chip alternative

Josh eating Bull Kelp

Bull Kelp Painting by Mark Hobson of Tofino

Question Of The Day: What is the best food you discovered while travelling?

Scroll down for a few more pics from our BC adventure. More to come next week!

 

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18 Responses to “Bull Kelp Adventures In Tofino”

  1. Andrea T. said…
    Wow. Great photos. Looks like it was an amazing trip. Welcome home. Summer's not over yet!
  2. [...] the last day of our Tofino Adventure, Josh and I were driving back across the island to get the ferry when we were swayed off the road [...]
  3. [...] the last day of our Tofino Adventure, Josh and I were driving back across the island to get the ferry when we were swayed off the road [...]
  4. [...] had a beautiful summer. I took lots of time off and had a love-filled holiday in Tofino. Then it changed.  September 7th, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My world was rocked, [...]
  5. Molly said…
    Stands back from the keyboard in ametamenz! Thanks!

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