Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a brown seaweed found tidally submerged in the intertidal zone and fully submerged in the sub-tidal zone. It is the second most common seaweed species found along the coast of Maine next to Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum). Bladderwrack has distinctive paired air bladders attached to narrow branching blades with mid-ribs, whereas rockweed has single bladders, and the blades lack midribs.
As food, bladderwrack contains protein, vitamins, and minerals. Bladderwrack can also be applied topically in creams and other skin care products as well as in mineral baths to support skin elasticity and health. Another use of bladderwrack is in agricultural fertilizers as a source of ocean minerals. We offer bladderwrack in whole leaf, coarse ground, and powder forms.
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Our bladderwrack is 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.