Washed Ashore: Atlantic Kombu

Photo of Atlantic Kombu

Atlantic Kombu (Laminaria digitata) is one of the species of seaweed who I routinely add to the pot when I make soup stock.  I value the wide array of minerals and vitamins and the brininess that this ocean-growing entity lends to my meals.  And I love her shape.  The strong stalk of this algae connects to a central region from which numerous streamer-like straps radiate.  These projections set Atlantic Kombu apart from other edible Kelps (Laminaria spp.) growing offshore of New England.

Note: Ironbound Island Seaweed sells kombu harvested off the coast of Maine.  Read a kombu harvesting story on their website.

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