INGREDIENTS

Our products have nothing to hide—no scary ingredients, no hidden additives—just pure goodness.

Our model is aimed at sustaining strong communities and ensuring the edible resources we use will be sustained for the benefit of the people who live around them and for the rich coastal ecosystem that they are a part of.


BULL KELP

You’re probably thinking, kelp? Like, seaweed? Yes!

Plentiful in Alaska’s pristine and icy waters, bull kelp or Nereocystis luetkeana, is one of the most common seaweeds along our vast coastline. The abundance of kelp in Alaska makes it an excellent source for food. It is salty, savory, and packed with vitamins and minerals; a delicious and nutritious ingredient. Today, the majority of our kelp is wild harvested by the Barnacle team and we work closely with the ocean farmers who are just beginning to cultivate kelp. As we grow Barnacle, we are building a framework so that harvesters and kelp farmers can expand, too.

ALASKAN WILD KELP

Kelp is essential to the ocean ecosystem. We are careful and deliberate about how we harvest wild kelp. We strive to have the least impact on the resource; this includes visiting a different kelp bed for each harvest and only taking a small portion of the kelp bed. We are careful to not take too much from a single area and only use our hands and knife to cut each piece to harvest.

 

ALASKAN FARMED KELP

Farmed kelp requires no arable land, fresh water, or fertilizers. Clean ocean, strong currents, and some hard working sea farmers is all that is needed.

Throughout coastal Alaska there are a handful of farmers in every stage of farming from pre-permitting to commercial-scale harvest. In Spring 2019 we are working with a farmer to purchase the first ever commercially harvested bull kelp in Alaska. We are excited to turn this crop into something delicious!

FUN FACTS

  • Bull kelp grows annually, from spore to maturity each year and dies in the fall.

 

  • In a single year bull kelp can grow up to 80 feet - it can grow 5 inches in one day!

 

  • Sea otters will wrap kelp strands around their bodies to anchor themselves during rough weather.

 

  • Kelp is packed with minerals, vitamins, fiber, and iodine, we like to call it your "Ocean Multivitamin.”

 

  • The Greek name for bull kelp, Nereocystis, translates to “mermaids bladder.”