This is a startup story of legend, the ocean and community. Ocean Veg Ireland are growing kelp just off Church Bay in Rathlin Island. Rathlin is synonymous with clean, cold waters due to the mix of Irish Sea and Atlantic currents. This makes it ideal for growing and harvesting of Kelp forests.
Uniquely in Europe, organic kelp is not dried, but sorted, cut into noodles and ‘tagliatelle’ shaped products, then blanched and vacuum packed and frozen at their facility on Rathlin Island. This process means it is ready to use, verdant green, very low in salt and hugely versatile.
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The ready to use can be used in a salad, in soups, stir fries, as a garnish, as an ingredient in sauces and condiments. It can also be put through a processor and added to bread and pasta dough, giving added moisture, enhanced appearance and that subtle ocean taste.
They have already been the focus of a lot of attention since starting their business, as they are the only company in Ireland and the UK who are growing kelp for food.
Islander Foods are now exporting across the world and can be found in top level restaurants and hotels, as well as supermarket shelves.
To find out more about Islander Kelp visit islanderseafood.com.