Sea Lettuce (Ulva), is technically an algae – a sea plant, part of the green seaweed group. It is harvested from the wild, air dried to preserve nutrients then milled to create our flakes.
Sea Lettuce Flakes are a nutritious garnish with a subtle, mildly peppery, sorrel like flavour. If you are anemic or need to supplement iodine these make a fabulous garnish – so easy to sprinkle it on what you are already eating rather than pay for expensive supplements you always forget to take!
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Ingredients: Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca or spiralis) seaweed 100%.
We offer a starter size (10g) and a refill pack (40g in a box). Please contact us if you wish to order in larger quantities.
How to Use Sea Lettuce Flakes
With a sprinkle they add a delicious flavour to soups, pasta, pizza, stir-fries and poke bowls or you can even try it in baking! The flavour of sea lettuce is quite unique and special – subtle but strong. It offers umami flavour in your cooking and can also be used to replace salt if you follow a low sodium diet or are looking for alternatives to salt.
Directions: Sprinkle to taste
Recipe inspiration for sea lettuce flakes
Health benefits Sea Lettuce Offers
The ocean has an abundance of minerals, nutrients and vitamins, many of which are depleted in our soils. Seaweeds are naturally very efficient at absorbing nutrients from the ocean. High in iron, Sea Lettuce flakes are a fantastic choice for vegans, vegetarians and anemics, or anyone looking to incorporate iron rich foods in their diet. Sea Lettuce also offers a high iodine content so is a great natural supplement for thyroid health. It has been said that salt cravings are the result of a mineral deficiency…this is one product to address just that! Iodine is an essential nutrient for human health – specifically linked to immunity, thyroid, brain, ovarian and breast health. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the production of a hormone called thyroxin which helps to regulate many body functions. It has also been linked to apoptosis (cell death) which is critical to fighting cancer – particularly thyroid and breast cancer.
We like to refer to this Harvard study, which encourages improving diet in the first instance, before adding made-made nutritional supplements. Most nutrients are more potent when they come from our food and have not been processed in a lab. Plus, food tastes better and is often cheaper than nutritional supplements, not to mention less of a hassle as you can simply add it to what you are already eating or preparing to eat.
How we harvest, test our pack our seaweeds
Our seaweeds are harvested locally and from international waters as not all edible seaweeds grow around New Zealand, and some that do grow here are not able to be commercially harvested at this time. We air dry (to preserve nutrient density) and then mill the seaweeds. Pacific Harvest specialises in seaweed, and has been trusted by the nutritional community since 2002. We test all our seaweeds for contaminants in external labs, before packing them by hand in our food grade facility in Auckland. 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 our Sea Lettuce 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! Sea Lettuce is also extremely light sensitive so the card provides added protection. Please pop the 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.
Our jars are all refillable or reusable. If you wish to do neither of these, please place the used jar in your household recycling. Please read more on our packaging journey here.
A word of warning on iodine
Sea Lettuce offers an excellent source of naturally occurring iodine. Please pay attention to the serving size suggestions on pack and consult a health care professional if you have concerns about your health or further questions about iodine.
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