Alaria (Alaria esculenta), also called winged kelp or “Wild Atlantic Wakame,” is a brown seaweed typically found at depths 10 to 30+ feet below the high tide line in the sub-tidal zone. Because it grows in exposed, cold, and turbulent waters, Alaria often sustains damage to the leafy part of the seaweed, adding character to our wild-harvested whole leaf product. In the Atlantic, Alaria esculenta is recognized by its distinctive mid-rib, which extends throughout the entire blade. Alaria and Wakame have been celebrated for generations in Northern Europe and East Asia as highly-nutritious and tasty vegetables from the sea, and it’s a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Our Alaria comes in whole leaf and powder forms or as granules mixed in our 'Kelp Blend'. You can try blanching and noodling the leaf to make a traditional wakame based seaweed salad, or measure out some powder to add to your favorite smoothies.
The Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Difference
Our Alaria is hand-harvested from carefully selected beds of the North Atlantic to be in compliance with Organic standards, ensuring maximum quality and minimal contamination. We test for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides, petroleum residues, radioactivity, and microbiological concerns. With over 40 years of experience & relationship building, we minimally process and package products in our Certified Organic facility in Hancock, Maine.