Dakini Tidal Wilds’ Edible Kelp

Dakini Tidal Wilds’ Winged Kelp (Alaria marginata) and Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) are harvested by hand off the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island & tested for their purity. Seaweeds are among the most nutritive and complete foods and are the most concentrated food source of minerals on the planet. They are nature’s perfectly balanced mineral supplement. Dakini Tidal Wilds offers customers a local choice of seaweed.

Kelps in particular are unique in their ability to safely eliminate certain heavy metals, PCB’s, dioxins and certain radioactive compounds from the body. They do this via a compound called ‘sodium alginate’. This quality makes the kelp family of seaweeds one of the most important sources of protection against today’s most harmful environmental toxins.

One of the most exciting areas of research in seaweeds is with cancer. In particular, a compound called ‘fucoidan’, found in the kelp family of seaweeds as well as other seaweeds in the phylum ‘Phaeophyta’, has shown some very exciting and promising results so far. Winged Kelp is one of the highest sources of fucoidan.

“Honestly, I was not excited to eat seaweed,” says [Chef Chuck Hughes] . “Everyone has had seaweed, knows something about it. But what we had was the actual stipe [the stem of the plant].” Pleasantly surprised by the fruits of their labour, Chuck says “we chopped it up, barbecued it with olive oil, salt and chili. It tasted like olives.”
— Michael Duchesne, Travelzoo


WINGED KELP (Alaria marginata)

Nutrition: One of the highest sources of calcium on the planet, Alaria is also rich in B-vitamins (including B12) and vitamins A, C, K and E as well as minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese (which inhibits tumours) Chromium, Zinc, Iodine, Iron & Phosphorus. It is ¼ protein, fat free and low in calories.

Health: Purifies heavy metals and radiation from the body, softens hardened tissues/inhibits tumours,  helps treat thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism), eases coughs and congestion, lowers blood pressure, helps prevent arteriosclerosis, reduces side effects of chemotherapy & radiation treatment, strengthens liver, supports and balances the female hormonal system, promotes hair growth, and improves skin tone.

Uses: Add to soups to flavour the broth, cut into bite-sized pieces and cook in stir fries, bake like a vegetable in tomato- based pasta dishes, boil with rice & beans or soak and wrap around fish and bake in the oven. Alaria has a deep but gentle flavour with a delicate aroma.

The wakame [Winged Kelp] you sent me is AMAZING!!
— Swarn, Victoria, BC


BULL KELP (Nereocyctis luetkeana)

Nutrition: Bull Kelp is rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Potassium, Bromine, Phosphorus, Iron, fibre, vitamin A, B-complex, C, D, E & K.  

Health: Purifies  heavy metals & radiation from the body, helps treat thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism), aids digestive problems, softens hardened tissues/inhibits tumours,  eases lymphatic swellings, treats herpes infections, eases inflammation & neuritis, soothes mucus membranes, reduces side effects of chemotherapy & radiation treatments. Bull Kelp is particularly indicated in the treatment of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), hyperactivity, insomnia, depression, hostility and Schizophrenia.

Uses: Bull Kelp Flakes can be used instead of salt as a seasoning (safe and beneficial for hypertension), crumbled onto salads or as a zesty flavouring in sauces. Bull Kelp has a very intense, salty flavour, and is a healthful way to lively up any meal!

In my opinion your [kelp] is the BEST I ever tasted!
— Gisela, Sooke, BC

Kelp Recipe Books

The comprehensive guide to healthy everyday cooking with seaweeds
by Dr. Prannie Rhatigan


Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body & Soul
by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, RN

(Dakini Tidal Wilds is listed under Reputable, ethical harvesters of natural seaweed)

Kelp Recipes

Download a free printable PDF of kelp recipes.

...THANK YOU for your product. This is the best seaweed I’ve ever eaten. Delicious and nourishing.
— Elena of ‘Kalena Aroma Boutique & Spa, Toronto, Ontario

Harvesting Seaweed

Amanda harvests her seaweeds by hand, on the beaches surrounding her home. Her seaweeds are only ‘pruned’, leaving the rest of the seaweed to continue growing. Harvesting at the most ideal time of the season ensures a quality unique to Dakini Tidal Wilds’ products. The absolute joy of being immersed in the Pacific Northwest infuses these products with a spirit unique to our beloved island.

I never have to sacrifice the life of any individual seaweed.
— Amanda Swinimer

Storing Seaweeds

Seaweeds can last a very long time if stored properly. Winged Kelp will last several years even. To store your seaweeds, use an airtight container (glass is best but plastic bags work too) and store out of sunlight in a dry place that is not too warm.