Wild Sea Zest Seasoning
Adapted from Rosalee de la Floret’s recipe
The recipe for Sea Zest combines three sources of nutritional powerhouses for a tasty herbal seasoning that adds zest to vegetables, meats, sandwiches, salads, and whatever sounds good!
3 cups toasted and ground up Sesame seeds
1/4 cup of Lambs Quarter seeds (optional, but it does add quite a nutritional boost)
1 cup Kelp
1 cup Nettle
Toast the whole sesame seeds on low heat. Be sure to stir them often so they toast evenly and do not burn. Once they become darker in color and have a nice aromatic smell, remove them from heat. If using Lambs Quarter seeds roast them lightly as well.
Using a food processor or blender, grind the seeds into powder and then place in a large mixing bowl.
Add one cup each of granulated kelp and cut and sifted nettle leaf to the sesame seeds.
If you are beginning with whole kelp fronds or whole nettle leaf then you can use the food processor to mince them up well.
One word of caution is that it’s better to have granulated kelp rather than powdered kelp. If it’s too powdery it doesn’t mix well.
Also, buying whole kelp fronds will ensure better quality than buying it granulated. I buy mine here: http://www.ryandrum.com/
Since Sesame seeds are high in oil the Wild Sea Zest won’t store long. Can be refrigerated.
Sesame seeds are an excellent source of the minerals copper and manganese. They also contain a good amount of magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) contains a vast amount of nutrients: significant amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as B1, B2, B6, Niacin, and B12. By adding this nutritious weed of the sea to our diets we can find that our hair grows faster and thicker and our bones, teeth, and nails are stronger. Seaweed also supports metabolic function.
Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is one of our most nutritious plants. Nettle contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, chromium, and zinc.
This simple recipe can be a base for many other kinds of seasonings. You could add savory herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano. You could also add spicy seasonings like cayenne, ginger, or turmeric.
I love sprinkling Wild Sea Zest seasoning on my fried farm fresh eggs or on stir fried spring wild greens!