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Laminaria digitata

Laminaria digitata

Category :

Macro-alga - Brown alga - Laminariales

Natural Habitat :

Found on the coasts of the North Sea, English Channel and North-East to North-West Atlantic (from Spitzberg to the south of Brittany). It likes fresh, deep water and can be seen at low tides, at the time of strong coefficients.

Harvest :

A very long alga, shaped like a palm tree leaf, brown-olive coloured, resembling wet leather and measuring 3-4m long, it can live 3-8 years. This alga forms a dense population on rocky beds. This laminaria "forest" forms a refuge for hundreds of species of fish.

Appearance :

This perennial seaweed is currently the most exploited in France, where the harvest is carried out by boat in May and October, with the help of a hydraulic arm. This seasonality allows a regrowth and therefore a good management of resources.

Components :

It contains up to 500 times more iodine than seawater, and also has a high concentration of oligo-elements (iron, copper, zinc, etc), vitamins (A group B, E, F, K and PP) and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc).

Biomass-Extracts-Properties :

Algae used for its extracts that: -optimise slimming -have sebum-regulating properties -have hydrating, softening and purifying properties.

Uses in Cooking :

Although it has made up part of the Japanese diet for thousands of years, chefs have only just begun to use it in France. It can be eaten lightly cooked and crisp, or cooked for a very long time.

Other Uses :

The alginates extracted from this alga can be used in all sorts of industries: food preparation (thickening), wood pulp, glass industry and making of explosives.

Use :

Oily skin range, Slimming range, Iodalg nutritional supplement.

Characteristics :

Its other name, kombu, means "happiness" in Japanese, as it is recognised for supporting health and long life. The dried "stem", prepared into sticks cut to a given length, is called kalgut; its power to expand by absorption is used in surgery to slowly move apart certain wounds.

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