kombu (Laminaria digitata) aka Horsetail kelp
Kombu grows in dense underwater forests, in areas characterized by deep swells and active surf. The harvest is a delicate balancing act between the plants, the harvester, and the incoming waves pushing your boat towards the nearby rocks and underwater ledges.
Kombu contains a broad spectrum of essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, and is the highest in iodine of any of the seaweeds we harvest. The sodium alginates in kombu impart a rich flavor to soup stocks and bean dishes, and have been found to aid in the elimination of heavy metals from the body. Use a 4-6 inch strip per quart of water as a base for all-purpose soup stocks, and add to beans while cooking to tenderize and increase digestibility. Add to miso soup, root vegetable stews, meat based broths, brown rice, or boil a small strip in a cup of water with some fresh ginger, honey and lemon juice for a warming drink.