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Black Sticks of Goodness
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Black Sticks of Goodness

Those shriveled black sticks are actually one of the most vitamin and mineral rich foods you can find.

They Do Taste Better Than They Look!

Say the word seaweed to someone, and you can get a variety of responses, but one of the more common ones is a crinkled nose. This is because many people only know seaweed from what they see washed up on the beach, and that stuff is usually rotting to some degree and stinky. One response that is becoming more common is "Yum!" This response is coming from people who have become aware that seaweed can make some pretty good eating!

"No Duhs" and Head-Scratchers

If you need help scratching a mental itch, use the resources below:

  1. For what purpose was kelp originally harvested in California? What life history characteristics of Giant Kelp (Marcrocystis pyrifera) make it a better candidate for sustainable harvest than other species of kelp?
  2. How long have people been using kelps as a food source? What has led to more diverse groups of people using kelp as a food source? Do you think this is a good trend? Why or why not?
  3. What key rule needs to be followed for a kelp harvest to be sustainable? Is this practice followed in all areas? What are some of the consequences people fear if kelp is not harvested in a sustainable manner?
  4. What is the difference between seaweed and kelp? Do you think many people are aware of this? Why or why not? Why is this distinction important from a nutritional standpoint?

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