Salish Seaweed Garden: Harvesting & Cuisine

Salish Seaweed Garden: Harvesting & Cuisine
Program Series Field Excursions
When Apr 29, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Fort Ebey State Park, Whidbey Island
Class Tuition $95.00
Clock hours 6.0
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Did you know the most nutritious vegetable on earth grows in the Salish Sea? For thousands of years, all across the Pacific Rim, seaweeds have been celebrated--as superfoods, medicine, fishing line, and even tax payments in ancient Japan!  Join us for a day on Whidbey Island to  learn about the amazing seaweed gardens growing right out our backdoor with Jennifer Hahn, naturalist and author of Pacific Feast: A Cook's Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine. Jennifer, who teaches at Fairhaven College, will also teach us about kelp ecology, sustainable seaweed harvesting techniques, nutrition and cuisine.

Our one-day workshop at Fort Ebey State Park is perfectly-timed: we’ll meet on the beach during a minus spring tide and the one-month window of public recreational seaweed harvesting at a state park. We’ll beach walk or wade in our boots, collect fresh sea vegetables, then carry our bounty to our “Kelp Kitchen”-- the park’s covered picnic shelter. 

Then it's time to get your chef’s knife ready! Ever try chocolate truffles with Brandied Alaria? How about spring-green “fettuccine” sliced from fresh kelp that is packed with minerals, offering a glorious "tooth" and gluten free?

We’ll cook up a memorable feast while learning about the ways to preserve seaweeds for the future.

You can buy a Recreational Seaweed & Shellfish License and harvest for yourself, or just come, watch, and soak up the Salish Seaweed wisdom.

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