What species do you source?
We source Alaria marginata (West Coast Wakame) from Seagrove Kelp and Alaska Shellfish Farms. We hand-harvest Nori (Pyropia species) ourselves from Northern California. We source Laminaria from Alaska Shellfish Farms.
Why west coast seaweed?
We live on the west coast and value eating food that we know where it comes from, how it's grown, the water quality of the environment, and the people who grew it. With backgrounds in sustainable agriculture and agro-ecology, we've always loved eating local food!
Plus, we think west coast seaweed has a special flavor, that reflects the pristine, rugged merroir (like terroir) of the beautiful west coast. Try it and we think you'll agree, west coast seaweeds and kelps have a tender, mild, savory flavor that is hard to beat.
Is Daybreak Seaweed vegan?
Yes, all Daybreak Seaweed products are vegan.
Is Daybreak Seaweed gluten-free?
Yes, all Daybreak Seaweed products are gluten-free.
Is Daybreak Seaweed organic?
Alaska-grown seaweed is not certified organic, yet, because it is a product grown in the wild ocean. But it is grown without the use of any additional inputs. For all other ingredients, we strive to only use organic ingredients.
Where are Daybreak Seaweed products produced?
All Daybreak Seaweed products are made with 100% west coast US-grown seaweed. We process and produce the products ourselves in California.
How do I use seaweed?
There are so many ways to use seaweed in your kitchen and we look to traditional recipes all over the world where seaweed is eaten for inspiration: East Asia, Northern Europe, Pacific Islands, Britain and Ireland, and coastal North America. We also love experimenting with new and innovative recipes!
Seaweed salts and seasonings can be used anywhere you use salt: on scrambled eggs, avocado toast, rice bowls, salads, etc. Seaweed flakes can be baked into baked goods, desserts, and sourdough bread or incorporated into dressings, sauces, and toppings.
The uses are endless! Check out our recipe page for more ideas!
Why is seaweed nutritious and healthy?
Seaweed is packed with nutrients and minerals, in addition to being a low-calorie, high-fiber food. Seaweed is high in iodine and B12, two nutrients that are hard to come by in a vegan diet. Each species has its own unique nutritional profile-- Alaria marginata is high in Vitamin A and Calcium, while Pyropia Nori has 25% protein content by weight. Seaweeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and compounds, like fucoidan, which has been shown to have anti-oxidative and anti-tumor properties. Seaweed is full of fiber, which helps with digestion. Seaweeds are thought to contain beneficial bioactive peptides that may help reduce high blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Why is seaweed sustainable or regenerative?
Seaweed, like any primary producer, uses carbon and nitrogen to grow. In the ocean, this means seaweeds absorb carbon and nitrogen from the water. As we release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the ocean absorbs more and more of it, leading to ocean acidification. Excess nitrogen leads to harmful algal blooms. By absorbing this carbon and nitrogen, and removing it from the marine environment, seaweed cultivation can help to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Seaweed is also a low-input food to grow, as it requires no freshwater, inputs, fertilizer, or arable land. It provides seasonal habitat for fish and coastline protection from storms.
How long will Daybreak Seaweed products last?
Seaweed is very shelf stable. Our plain seaweed flakes have a shelf life of 18 months. Our seasonings and blends have shelf lives of 6-12 months. Each jar has a “best by” date on the bottom. If you have any questions, feel free to email us!
How should I store Daybreak Seaweed products?
We recommend storing Daybreak Seaweed products in a dark, cool pantry.
Where does the name Daybreak Seaweed come from?
Like many food harvests, seaweed harvests happen early in the morning, at daybreak. These early mornings spent in the water, harvesting seaweed as the sun breaks over the fog-covered hills are a special, beautiful, spirit-filling experience. Daybreak Seaweed grew out of this salty and vitalizing beauty, out of the ocean’s rhythms, and our desire to produce food in relationship with them.