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FAQ

Your burning questions answered:

  • Where does Nautical Farms seaweed come from?

    Our seaweeds start as spores that are cultivated from kelp samples along Maine's coastline. They are cared for in a hatchiery until they are ready to be planted in the ocean. All of the seaweed we grow is native to Maine and supports our natural ecosystem.

  • What are the health benefits of seaweed?

    We should think of seaweeds as high-protein vegetables. They are notoriously high in vitamins E & A, and are especially rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, iodine, and other trace minerals. They stimulate & strengthen the skin, hair, and nails, as well as nourish the endocrine system, particularly the thyroid and adrenal glands.

  • Is seaweed a vegetable?

    Seaweeds are sea vegetables that for thousands of years have been celebrated for their flavor profiles and abundant nutrients. Marine life, land-based animals, and humans from coastlines around the world have used and eaten seaweeds.

  • What makes seaweed a sustainable crop?

    Ocean farmed seaweeds don't require any fresh water, fertilizer, or dry land to grow. They also pull their weight in sequestration, consuming more than 5x more carbon than land-based plants. With a 3D farming method, a significant amount can be cultivated in a small footprint. And further, the entire plant can be used or eaten.

  • What is the difference between seaweed & kelp?

    The term seaweed is a broad term describing many marine-based plants and algae. The term kelp refers to the largest subgroup of seaweeds and can include giant kelp, sugar kelp, skinny kelp, and many more.

  • Does dried seaweed / kelp expire / go bad?

    When properly stored in an airtight container away from heat & sunlight, dried seaweeds are non-perishable.

  • What is the white powder on my seaweed?

    The white powder sometimes seen on dried seaweeds is created from an amino acid and is simply nutrients coming to the surface of the blade.

  • What is the difference between Sugar Kelp & Alaria?

    Both look similar when flaked, but Sugar Kelp produces mannitol, a natural sugar that can bring out a sweet flavor when the kelp is dried. Alaria on the other hand has a mild, nutty flavor when dried.

  • How is seaweed farmed?

    Here at Nautical Farms we practice what is called polyculture farming. That means we are able to grow multiple crops simultaneously or in rotation on suspended lines in the ocean. We've chosen to focus on sugar kelp, alaria, skinny kelp, and mussels so far. Poly farms have better nutrient utilization as different species provide and use different nutrients to grow. They also take up less space as multiple things are growing alongside each other, increasing biodiversity.

  • Do you sell wholesale?

    We do. Please email hello@nauticalfarms.com for more information.