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Himanthalia elongata

Himanthalia elongata

Category :

Macro-alga - Brown alga - Fucales

Natural Habitat :

It is present on rocks at low tide level, in the North-East Atlantic from the Arctic Ocean to the Iberian Peninsula. It prefers deep water and only grows in the first few metres and is almost always submerged. It is most commonly found anchored to the rocks bathed by the backwash.

Harvest :

It grows forwards in long filaments of 1 to 10m. Its thick, floating branches disappear in winter. It then remains as discs, which resemble small cups, ready to open out in spring.

Appearance :

It curls up from May to June. 10cm is cut from the top of the seaweed opposite the base, between the thumb and forefinger.

Components :

Rich in Vitamin C and minerals. Rich in amino acids (glutamic acid).

Biomass-Extracts-Properties :

Used as Biomass. Naturally equipped with toning and remineralising properties, this seaweed distinguishes itself by its high content of Vitamin C and minerals, the highest level in all marine plants. A remarkable source of amino acids, and especially glutamic acid, this alga significantly improves the effectiveness and bioavailability of calcium in our body. Moreover, it is essential for its richness in iodine and alginates, which have a real importance in slimming. Iodine optimises calorie expenditure and alginates promote feeling full and improve digestive transit. Himanthalia is also often used in cosmetics for its hydro regulating properties, thanks to it being rich in mannitol.

Uses in Cooking :

Its braches can be used in cooking (similar to green beans) but they must be cut between March and June when the tissues are still soft.

Other Uses :

The torn and washed up branches are gathered in the autumn, after reproduction, and are used as fertiliser.

Use :

Menocéane nutritional supplement

Characteristics :

In Greek, it means "sea tongue". This alga grows up to 10m in 3 weeks during the spring and one piece can weigh up to 3kg! It must not be confused with salicornes which are not algae, but plants, which live at the edge of the sea.

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