Now more than ever it’s important to get out and exercise our rights as indigenous people to gather and harvest our traditional foods. An easy one to start with is seaweed, or “lat”, which can be picked in April when the pink flowers of the currant plant are blooming. It’s best to go during a minus tide and pick from rocks that would otherwise be covered with water. The darker green long pieces are the most nutrient rich and freshest. Avoid seaweed that is turning white or feels extra slimy which means it is old.
The best places to collect drift seaweed are open ocean beaches and rocky shores, away from creeks or rivers.
Submitted by: Amanda O’Connell, Receptionist