Dulse is a food rich in beneficial properties. Let’s find out together what it is and how to use it in your recipes.
This seaweed, which scientific name is Palmaria palmata, is a red seaweed belonging to the family of Palmariaceae. In Japan, it is known as darusu. Dulse has small, flat, soft, and smooth leaves and grows in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the North-West Pacific.
It is harvested from June to October and, after being cleaned, it is dried. Its flavor is strong and distinctive, slightly spicy. To many, it reminds of bacon. Other than being very tasty, this seaweed is rich in beneficial properties. Let’s read them!
This seaweed is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, sodium and iodine. It is an excellent natural supplement in case of anemia. Moreover, it helps counteracting free radicals thanks to its antioxidant properties. Due to its iodine content, dulse is good for the thyroid.
Also, it is excellent for improving digestion, to replenish the salts and minerals and to fight psycho-physical stress. Dulse also contains lysine, which combined with vitamin C, blocks the proliferation of the herpes virus.
Dulse: side effects
As for all seaweeds, this one also has some side effects you should not underestimate. Although its iodine content helps regulating the thyroid, if you suffer from this gland disorders, it is better to ask your doctor before eating it, as dulse excessive consumption may cause malfunctions.
The overdosage may also cause tachycardia, tremors, insomnia, irritability and hypertension. Finally, it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Dulse: how to use in your recipes
This seaweed is mainly used to make soups, purees, dressings, quiches, omelets and seafood dishes. Before using it, you need to let it soak. After this step, you can add it raw to salads or rice. Also, you can slightly blanch it and season it with oil and lemon. Moreover, you can be cook it in a pan with a little oil and some chopped onion.
Dulse: where to buy it
You can buy this seaweed in large supermarkets, in the ethnic foods aisle, or in organic food stores. You can also find it online.
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