What Is Dulse?

Dulse is an edible red alga that grows along the shorelines of the northern Atlantic Ocean.  It has been harvested as a food source for thousands of years by inhabitants of Northern Ireland, Iceland, and parts of Canada.  Dulse seaweed can be eaten plain or it can be processed and included in various packaged foods where it is often used as a thickener or filler.  Dulse is available in health food stores and larger supermarkets, usually in dried form.

The botanical name of dulse is Palmaria palmate.  It is also known as sea parsley or dillisk.  In regions where plants do not grow well, dulse has traditionally been an important dietary supplement.

Nutrients in Dulse Seaweed

Dulse is very rich in Vitamins B6 and B12, as well as Vitamins C, E and A.  It is also high in iron, potassium, fluoride, magnesium, calcium, protein and dietary fiber.  Like most seaweeds, it is a natural source of iodine.  Unlike other seaweeds, dulse is relatively low in sodium.

Culinary Uses of Dulse

Dulse has a mild, spicy flavor and is available in dried form in most health food stores or larger supermarkets.  You can eat it in either a dehydrated form or soak it in water to be added to various dishes such as soups, stews, salads and stir-fries.  Re-hydrated dulse is a bit on the chewy side.  When cooked, the seaweed retains a hint of marine flavor as well as the elusive umami or fifth taste.

Dried dulse seaweed can also be ground into powder and used as a food garnish.  It can be fried to make crispy chips for a tasty snack.  Freshly harvested dulse can be added to seafood, grain, and vegetables.  It can also be added to baked goods such as breads or muffins.  This versatile sea vegetable is a great way to add essential vitamins, minerals and nutrition to your daily diet.  It is also a good source of  protein for vegetarians.

Benefits of Dulse Seaweed

  • Well-being.  Dulse is high in dietary fiber and is very effective for the treatment of constipation.  It is also recommended as a remedy for parasites or worms.
  • Rich source of vitamins.  Dulse seaweed is high in the B vitamins, especially B6 and B12.  These vitamins help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system.  The seaweed is also rich in Vitamin C and is an effective treatment for scurvy.  Vitamin A in dulse improves night vision and helps keep the bone marrow and white blood cells healthy.
  • Excellent source of minerals.  Like most seaweed, dulse is rich in iodine which aids in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.  It also contains other minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc and potassium which the body needs to function properly.
  • Chlorophyll.  Dulse seaweed contains high amounts of chlorophyll which helps restore energy and vitality in the body.
  • Personal care.  In powder form, dulse can be mixed with water or oils and used as an exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin cells and impurities.  Dulse seaweed can be added to conditioners to help strengthen the hair and keep it soft and glossy.

Dulse can be found along with other healthy sea vegetables in the Emerald Sea Supplement. It’s designed especially for folks who want all the benefits of sea vegetable nutrition without the hassle of cooking it on a regular basis.


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