Allison Poklemba, Foraging for Sea Vegetables

If you are like me, you know just enough about foraging to be dangerous!…Yes, I’ve keyed out a mushroom in a mycology course…but did I feel confident?…not so much…

My first seaweed foraging expedition happened when Rhonda Wiedenbeck took me and Simona Carini out — and I found my new best friend…Kombu.  Why kombu?  Because it was easy to ID, and there are literally tons of it out in an area that I felt completely comfortable with.  Not being a swimmer I really wasn’t sure I would enjoy being in that great big ocean wading around — but as it turns out, you go on a really slack tide and you have a nice padding of gigantic rocks between you and the great blue ocean (ie., death by drowning).  Kombu Drying (2) Kombu Drying (8) Kombu Drying (14) Kombu Drying (17) Kombu Drying (19)

So I was very happy to hear that Allison teaches classes in foraging for Sea Veggies — which involves a little bit of time spent in a classroom, and an expedition on a super low slack tide to gather them.

To find out more about Allison’s next class — click here.

To hear part 1 of the two part interview

To hear part 2 of the two part interview

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Seaweed Foraging, Rhonda Wiedenbeck

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Rhonda Wiedenbeck is an avid forager and one of the things she likes to forage for is seaweed — I was lucky enough to be invited to a foray with Rhonda and our friend Simona Carini.  It was a typical summer morning…yep, overcast and chilly on the coast.  Our clothing was an array of mismatched but appropriate tidepool attire…if someone was photographing us for a fashion mag we would be the ones with the eyes blacked out to preserve our anonymity…  We happily came away with some fine bags of Kombu, Nori, and Rockweed (which I have to say…tastes like the ocean smells at low tide…I’ll skip that one next time…)  — but have used the other two in pots of soup and beans and find it tasty and not at all fishy tasting.
Click here to listen to the interview with Rhonda Wiedenbeck about foraging for seaweed.