After 17 years working in the environmental sector, I never thought I’d end up creating a food business. Just like the seaweed I use for my products, Octopus Garden Seaweed is something that has grown naturally and organically.
Now, with my passion for food, wellbeing and the environment joined together, I’m looking to make seaweed a commonplace and sustainably sourced superfood in restaurants, cafes and homes across the UK.
I love experimenting in the kitchen and entertaining friends and family with new foodie experiences, but I’m also a busy parent, so that’s why I’ve created fun and quirky products which also score high on taste, quality, nutrition and ease of use across lots of dishes.
How I started using seaweed
These days I absolutely love, live and breathe seaweed, but until a few years ago it hadn’t occurred to me that the seaweed I saw growing around our shores could be eaten! I first became aware of edible seaweed when my best buddy was volunteering in Japan, helping to restore seaweed farming operations after the tsunami. We got talking about what an incredible foodstuff it is and how underexploited it is here despite the British coastline being blessed with an abundance of beautiful edible seaweed species. I started picking it and cooking with it, and I absolutely loved it.
I have been harvesting seaweed and cooking with it for about 7 years now - ever since I was pregnant with my first born, who now has an unusual knowledge of seaweed species for one so young, and loves to munch the stuff straight from the sea!
why I do what I do
I believe that seaweed - which grows abundantly around the British Isles without the need for land, freshwater, fertilisers or pesticides - has the potential to play a small but important role in our diets an increasingly resource-constrained world. Seaweed is so good for us and so delicious that in my mind it should have a place in our diets on a day to day basis. So the idea behind Octopus’s Garden Seaweed is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible for people to eat it.
I use beautiful organic seaweed from the British Isles, and make it into products which are ready to eat, fantastically tasty and super-healthy. I am delighted that my Umami Drops and Pickled Seaweed are now for sale and making their way out there onto people's plates! You can keep up-to-date by following Octopus’s Garden Seaweed on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
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