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When trawlers arrive in port, you would expect to see a catch of fish.

Not on this boat!

This boat was trawling for seaweed and obviously a big catch had been obtained.

Finistère folk have always regarded seaweed as a sort of gift from the sea, washed up on the shores after a storm or brought in by the great tides. Seaweed has been used as a fuel, as fertiliser for crops and also as cattle-fodder.

This area has the largest seaweed harvest in France. Indeed, the highest concentration of seaweed in the world can be found in Finistère, in the area around the islands of Ouessant and Molène.
You can try famous sausages that are smoked in seaweed, either chopped up in a sauce, used as stuffing, in a terrine or in a unique salad with scallops and lemon-marinated salmon.

Here's a handy hint: seaweed is fantastic to wrap around fish (rather like you might use aluminium foil) so that the fish stays moist while you cook or steam it.

In local boulangeries, you'll also see pain aux algues, in which seaweed is one of the ingredients, herbal tea made from seaweed, or even fine chocolates with seaweed. Once again, the food of the poor has become a delicacy.

Now, isn't that interesting, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5812 W: 275 N: 13278] (52888)
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