View image gallery from seaweed gathering workshop at the 2012 Féile Bia na Mara
View image gallery from seaweed gathering workshop at the 2011 Féile Bia na Mara
View image gallery from seaweed gathering workshop at the 2010 Féile Bia na Mara
View image gallery from seaweed gathering workshop at the 2009 Féile Bia na Mara
The following video featuring Annette O'Leary was filmed close to Purteen Harbour, Achill Island:
The following article was first published in the 2010 Achill Magazine, produced by Achill Tourism:
Annette O'Leary, a native of Achill, shares her secrets and explains how to turn a beach walk into a culinary delight. The Achill shoreline offers miles of rockpools and a rich source of all types of seaweed and shellfish.
For a successful harvest, take a sharp knife for cutting, a plastic bag for carrying and only take what you need save the rest for another day.
Foraging is fun but you must remember the key rules:
Always harvest sea veg that is growing - never if it is washed up.
If you harvest from the rocks, leave the holdfast on the rocks and it will regrow.
Firstly, respect the environment and always be suitably attired, conditions can change quickly and you should never turn your back on the sea.
Sea vegetables can be used in many recipes and are all rich in nutrients and vitamins:
All the above are edible and very good for you.
Another member of the wrack family is serrated wrack, which is used only for cosmetic use as a bathgel. When you have collected your serrated wrack, check for shells and remove, place in a bucket or basin and pour a kettle of boiling water on it. Watch as the wrack changes colour to green, leave to soak for a while to release the gel. When you have run your bath, empty the gel into the bath and enjoy a long soak. (If you don’t fancy all the bits around you in the bath place it into a net wash bag, that way you’ll still get all the benefit of the seaweed).