You’re probably thinking, kelp? Like, seaweed? Yes!
Harvested from Alaska’s pristine and icy waters, bull kelp, or Nereocystis luetkeana, is one of the most common seaweeds along our coastline. It’s snappy, salty and savory, with a crisp bite.
Bull kelp grows annually, from spore to mature plant in a single year. As it grows, it attaches to the ocean floor via a “holdfast”—a root-like growth that clings to rocks or other anchorages. From there, the stalk can grow up to 80 feet, with a floating bulb at the surface.
Bull kelp forests create vital habitat for fish, sea urchins and starfish. Sea otters often wrap kelp strands around their bodies to secure them during rough weather.