Roland's Sea Vegetables

Market in Grand Manan Island

This is the spot in the world to learn about dulse. Grand Manan is one of the few remaining producers of dulse, a type of seaweed that is used as a snack food or seasoning in Atlantic Canada and around the world. Dulse gatherers wade among the rocks at low tide to pick the seaweed, then lay it out on beds of rocks to dry, just as they've been doing for hundreds of years.

Dark Harbour, on the western side of the island, is said to produce the world's best. Local character Sandy (son of Roland, who is no longer with us) produces dulse and sells it, along with edible local seaweeds from nori to sea lettuce to Irish moss, at this roadside market. Sandy will tell you everything there is to know. And importantly, how to use dulse (he says to sprinkle it on fish).

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