How to Harvest Bladderwrack Seaweed

by Plant Guru

Bladderwrack Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus) is a common seaweed that attaches itself to rocks along shorelines. It is a tasty treat and rich in iron.


  • Bucket
  • Sizzors
  • Knife
  • drying pan
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    First, choose area where bladderwrack seaweed is in an abundance, so not to deplete the population. Then choose bladderwrack seaweed which has fully inflated bladders.

    Step 2

    Cut the stem of the seaweed above the holdfasts with a knife.

    Step 3

    Shake the seaweed to rid it of shells and rocks.

    Step 4

    This is an example of the bladderwrack seaweed when it has moved onto a latter stage in its reproductive cycle. These can still be harvested; however the end product is not as good.

    Step 5

    Lastly the fronds are separated from the bladders and then both parts are dried.

    Step 6

    The fronds can be ground til fine and used as flavoring. The bladders can be eaten as is and are a tasty treat similar to popcorn.