Sea Chicory is a red seaweed which may seem confusing because it comes in different colours – Green and Red! It is free from flavour, but will take on the flavour of what you soak it in.
Ingredients: Sea Chicory (Chondracanthus chamissoi) sea vegetable 100%.
Available in two colours – Red and Green, and two sizes 25g and 100g
Please note the green sea chicory will fade to a beige colour if left in sunlight so ensure you keep it covered if you prefer green, or leave out in direct sunlight if you prefer a lighter colour.
Using Sea Chicory in your Kitchen:
Re-hydrate and add to salads as a colourful, crunchy and mild tasting addition or garnish a poke bowl or any dish for that matter! The delicate fronds of Sea Chicory will add wonderful visual appeal as well as a nutrient density other garnishes would find hard to match!
Add straight from the bag to soups or broths for added nutrients.
Directions: To re-hydrate, soak seaweed in tepid water, stock or juice to soften (it will take on the flavour of what it has been soaked in). It will expand (to several times it’s dry size), brighten in colour, and assume a crunchy texture. Add near the end of cooking, avoid soaking for too long. It rehydrates very quickly – if you leave it soaking for too long it will start to feel more gelatinous and the fronds will become less delicate and precise – this is normal for a red seaweed.
When you have soaked the seaweed be sure to tip the water it has been soaking into a nearby pot plant and watch with amazement over the next week or so as your plant laps up the nutrients and minerals in the water!
Recipe inspriation for Sea Chicory
Read our blog article on Sea Chicory to learn more if you are as fascinated by this seaweed as we are!
How we harvest, test our pack our Sea Chicory Seaweeds
Our Sea Chicory is wild harvested, then dried naturally to preserve it’s dense nutritional value.
Pacific Harvest specialises in seaweed, and has been trusted by the nutritional community since 2002. We test our Sea Chicory for contaminants in external labs, before packing the flakes in our food grade facility in Auckland. As Sea Chicory is a wild harvested seaweed, we hand grade it in our food grade facility in Auckland before packing them into our bags. Please do check for detritus before consuming.
You may notice the colour can vary a little – Sea Chicory is light sensitive so please keep it in the dark if you wish to preserve it’s original colour. Some like the colour variation. We recently removed the zip lock from our bags to reduce the amount of overall plastic in the bag. Please use the resealable sticker we provide to keep moisture out.
Recycling Sea Chicory packaging
We recently added cardboard boxes to our range to ensure the stores who stock these products can stand them on shelf as the pouches we previously used fell over constantly! The cardboard box also provides added protection from light.Please pop these boxes into your worm farm, or in kerb side cardboard recycling. The plastic pouch can be recycled through soft plastic recycling schemes. Ideally we’d not use plastic but as seaweeds are hygroscopic (attract moisture) we need to ensure we can keep the seaweeds food safe. Compostable options don’t currently provide adequate moisture barriers. Please read more on our packaging journey here.
What is the white powder on Sea Chicory?
You may notice a white powder on your Sea Chicory- this is the result of the amino acid, glutamine, which naturally rises to the surface as the leaf dries.
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