Dulse (Palmaria palmata), also called dillisk, dilsk, red dulse, sea lettuce flakes or creathnach, is a red alga (Rhodophyta) previously referred to as Rhodymenia palmata (Linnaeus) Greville. It grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a red seaweed that grows attached to rocks by a “holdfast” in the North Atlantic and Northwest Pacific. It is commonly used in Ireland , Atlantic Canada both as food and medicinally and is now shipped around the globe. Dulse is found in many health food stores or fish markets or can be ordered directly from local distributors.
Dulse grows from the mid tide portion of the intertidal zone (the area between the high tide and low tide) and into deep water. Fronds may vary from rose to reddish-purple, and range from about 20 to 40 cm (8″ to 16″). From June through September, it is picked by hand at low water, brought to drying fields (or spreading grounds) and put through a shaker to remove shells pieces, etc. The fronds are spread thinly on netting and left to dry, turned once and rolled into large bales to be packaged or ground later.
Dulse is a type of seaweed, one that is popular in many countries including Northern Europe, not just in Asia and Japan. In Ireland, many people use dulse to make sandwiches.
Dulse is red seaweed that has a somewhat spicy and salty flavor. It often comes dehydrated so you need to soak it in a broth or in water. Often people add dulse to soups or to salads. You can also add it to your favorite stir fry. It is packed with many vitamins and nutrients which is one reason for its popularity.
Some people bake dulse into various grains or breads. One reason dulse is so popular is because it is packed full of vitamins and so versatile, meaning you can use it in so many different ways. It contains a ton of protein, so it is an excellent food for raw food fans, because it is a non-animal product. Among it’s strong points include its plentiful B6, B12, potassium, fluoride and iron content. Dulse also contains vitamins C, E, A and plenty of fiber, calcium, potassium, fluoride, magnesium and zinc.
Health Benefits of Dulse
Dulse is a high-protein and a super source of iron. Like all sea vegetable, it has a very high mineral content, containing high quantities of organic iodine, potassium, phosphorus and organic sodium. It is recommend to correct mineral deficiencies, anemia (due to its high iron content), for poor digestion, enlargement of the thyroid (because of its high iodine content) and for proper gland function. Dulse is said to be beneficial for impotence and under-weight. Purple dulse seaweed’s fluorine content boosts the body’s defence systems and strengthens teeth and bones. It is also helpful against the herpes virus. Fluorine is lost in cooking, which is why it is ideal in its raw state when eating. Dulse has also been an age-old remedy to get rid of parasitic worms in the body.
As a rich source of fiber, dulse adds bulk to the diet and also aids in the process of digestion. It helps in keeping a person fuller and satisfied till next meal and this makes way for an effective weight loss program. Stomach disorders including constipation can be treated with the regular use of dulse.
One of the important dulse benefits is its store of vitamins, as mentioned above. Its content of vitamin C helps in preventing conditions like scurvy, which might arise from vitamin C deficiency. It also adds appreciable amount of vitamin A to the diet and this helps in keeping ailments such as night blindness, diseases related to the bone marrow and white blood cells and many others. Its high amount of vitamin B enhances brain function and health of the nervous system.
Dulse also help to beautify the skin and other sea vegetable’s are no exception. You can add ground powder to a face mask, but also eating it on a regular basis will help to clear skin issues and improve skin health overall. Used in skin care products and as a cosmetic ingredient in the beauty industry, it provides minerals and nutrients that can be easily absorbed through the skin.
Here is a table presenting the nutritional facts of this sea weed for a serving size of 1/3 cup (7g).
|Total Fat||0 g (0%)|
|Cholesterol||0 mg (0%)|
|Sodium||122 mg (5%)|
|Total carbohydrate||3 g (1%)|
|Dietary fiber||2 g (8%)|
|Protein||2 g (4%)|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||10%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||10%|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||42%|
|Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)||23%|
|Potassium||547 mg (16%)|
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