Seagreens® are the product of sustainable, year-round harvesting among the beautiful islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland through our joint venture company, Hebridean Seagreens Ltd.
Over 90% of seaweed used for human food is grown by aquaculture using many technologies, mainly in South East Asia. Seagreens® are unique. They are genuine, naturally regenerating, wild ocean vegetables harvested and produced to human food quality standards.
Here - from the richest nutrient deposit on Earth which feeds thousands of marine species, we choose the shallow water Wrack seaweeds for their outstanding breadth and balance of nutrients, to bring you a natural whole food of the highest quality and value.
Bladderwrack, caragheen, dulse and dabberlocks; murlin, thongweed and sea tangle - their names picture a different world, a gigantic vegetable garden beneath the sea.
We cut our wild seaweeds in crystal clear waters so they continue to grow. We harvest only nutritious, living plants - no drifting, beached or root seaweed, no sand or crustacea. For freshness we mill them on the spot! Pure seaweeds with nothing added and nothing taken away.
For a brief overview of the seaweed indusrtry click here for a short video on You Tube. Please note that Seagreens does none of the activities shown in this video. We harvest the thallus (the upper body) only of regenerated, wild, living wild wrack seaweed for our certified food quality production and nothing else. Video courtesy of University of New Brunswick, Canada.
It is then cracked or granulated to produce the familiar forms of Seagreens® products you find in the stores, and as branded ingredients in our manufacturing customers' products, like Artisan Organic bread, Bart spices, Pukka organic bionutrients, Viridian nutritional supplements, or Napier's Seagreens® Kelp Capsules.
Since we began our first venture among the Arctic islands off the Lapland coast of Norway in the late 1990s we have set the standard for harvesting and production of human food quality in Europe, standards which exceed the latest Organic regulations.
Seagreens® are uniquely Certified free of environmental contaminants, toxic metals and microbial pathogens, to HACCP and GMP manufacturing standards. They are fully Organic and approved in line with Biodynamic® standards in the EU and USA.
We no longer harvest in Norway. We sadly relinquished our interest in the factory when our dear partner Kjell Petterson, retired. The factory is under new ownership and today produces only seaweed for horticultural use.
Our work in human food and nutrition continues in England, Scotland, Denmark and elsewhere. For example you can read about our original salt replacement research in this Headlines magazine article Issue 9, Autumn 2008.
Traditional Lofoten fisherman’s house on stilts
Harvesting in Scotland, 2009