Seaweed

Kilometres of seagrass
Ulva species
Sargassum sp. Probably S.decipiens
Hormosira banksii
Caulocystis species
Sargassum sp. Possibly Sargassum horneri
Scaberia sp. Probably agardhii

The Adelaide region is blessed with many hectares of seagrass meadows which havesome truly unique inhabitants.

At this time of year (the end of Winter) storms blow seagrasses and seaweeds onto kilometres of our beaches.

Seagrass is not seaweed, it is a terrestrial plant that has made its home in shallow water. Seaweeds are algae and have different growth patterns. On our coast both blow ashore together.

The combination of goodies that storms blow ashore is collectively called ‘wrack’.

Seaweeds are marine algae, there are many, many types and I’m just starting to learn about them.

Most, if not all of our local species are edible (some tastier than others, of course) and I’ll be updating these pages with better descriptions and identification details as I learn them.

So why eat them at all? ‘Nutrition’ is the key word with seaweeds. All of those great ocean minerals and iodine all in one incredible package. Fibre too, of both kinds, soluble and insoluble are found in goodly amounts in seaweeds

As with most things on this website, I’ll only be covering the most common, easy to find varieties with guaranteed ediblity that I’ve tested myself.

At the present time, I’m not 1000% sure on the names of those I’ve found but will definitely put the right ones as I learn them.