Washed Ashore: Atlantic Dulse

Photo of Atlantic Dulse

On the beaches I frequent in southern Maine, I occasionally find clumps of Atlantic Dulse (Palmaria palmata) standing in color-contrast to the majority of wave-tossed algae.  Much more commonly, I find pieces of Knotted Wrack, Bladder Wrack, Irish Moss, and various Kelps -- none of which have the rich red color of Atlantic Dulse.  The blades of this alga can be eaten fresh (when found alive), and dried pieces can be lightly toasted for a fine, salty treat.

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