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The Survival Series Part Seven: Laver/Nori

If you’re a fan of foraging food and finding edible treats in the wild, this series is for you.

For those who’ve been following this blog they may have noticed that I have a love for zombies and post-apocalyptic scenarios and so, this is how the survival series was born!

This week we’re looking at the delight that is:


This popular sea vegetable is used in many Asian countries and people may be most familiar with it from sushi where it’s often seen wrapped around the sushi rice.

A red algae, it’s also known as purple laver or black butter. It’s the most widely consumed seaweed in the world.

It grows in thin layers and sticks to rocks in the upper shore where it resembles black plastic sheets – easy to overlook if you’re not careful. You can lift the seaweed directly from the rocks in sheets or ribbons.

It’s a wild food that’s rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B12 and E and even contains more vitamin C than oranges – a handy snack if you’re jumping from rock-to-rock.

(Dried Laver via Wikimedia Commons/SecretLondon)

Apart from using processed nori in wrapping sushi, I’ll happily nibble away at it as a snack. Forget crisps, this is a real treat.

To dry the nori out so you can rehydrate it later, simply leave it out in the sun or as I learned recently from Darach Ó Murchú, you can leave it out on your car dashboard.

As always, happy foraging and only take as much as you need. Nature will love you for it!

Movie to watch: 28 Weeks Later

(Lead image “Porphyra yezoensis” by Anonymous Powered. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

VIDEO: Be part of it – learn about GIY’s exciting new Grow headquarters

For me, there’s something incredibly satisfying about plunging your hands into the soil and creating a space to grow your own. From farm to table, there are so many people out there that get a kick out of seeing something grow up from the ground.

Global movement Grow it Yourself aka GIY, is planning to head up a HQ in Waterford; where an all-new hub for planting, growing and learning will be, as well as a place to learn how to cook with the freshest of ingredients.

They’re currently looking for support on Fundit, and if there’s anything I’d recommend getting behind, it’s this.

For those who are not too familiar with the concept, GIY is a movement that aims to encourage people across the globe to make the most out of the land around them – to take to the earth and grow.

“When people grow their own, they gain a deeper understanding of food called ‘food empathy’ which acts as a lever to a healthier lifestyle”, they note and I’d tend to agree – there’s something rich about plucking fresh food from your own plot.

Currently, there are 50,000 people involved in this initiative online and in the community.

Below, founder Michael Kelly talks about the exciting new plans for the new GROW HQ.

Learn more about the GIY global movement on their website here.

(Image via GIY International on Facebook)