Dulse seaweed as food and medicine

  • In the past Dulse (Palmaria palmata) was rolled and dried pulse was chewed like tobacco.
  • Traditionally dulse was harvested after it had been washed three times in the May floods.
  • In folk medicine, dulse was used to treat parasitical infections, relieve constipation and treat scurvy.
  • In the 12th century, dulse was eaten by monks and by Vikings. Icelandic Sagas tell us that dulse, or sol, has been eaten by humans since 961 AD.
  • Nutritionally, dulse is packed with more protein than chicken or almonds, and a small amount of dulse can provide more than 100% of the daily allowance of vitamin B6.
  • In modern herbals, dulse is indicated for skin problems, headaches and sore throats.


  1. Alwasy enjoy your blogs, this one caught my attention as I was looking through your website. I live by the sea and quite often go and collect seaweed, dulse quite commons and I enjoy eating it raw.
    I didn’t realize how much protein was in it, very good to know!!
    Thank you

  2. I am a canadian from Nova Scotia and I grew up every summer in Digby eating dulse (probably daily).I remember my grandmother putting it on the roof of her house to dry. or my uncles blocking off a portion of road and having it dry that way. I still eat it to this day and as a avid eater of dulse I have to thank my Nanny who will be 94 in a cpl days for introducing me to it

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