Pepper dulse (Osmundea pinnatifida) is a red seaweed with smaller leaves than Dulse, another Ark product. It delicious raw or dried with a unique intense garlicky and truffle taste. When dried it has an umami flavor. Seaweed has been eaten around coastal areas and was part of the diet of crofters for centuries providing a rich source of nutrients in a frugal diet. Found in the mid tide line between January and April when it thrives in our cold waters.
The modern Scottish diet has lost its taste for seaweed and with it, the skills and knowledge to harvest but there is now renewed interest and sustainable foragers are finding a market for this healthy native wild food.
Please note: seasonal availability
For information on all things seaweed, look no further than Jayson Byles of East Neuk Seaweed