by Merrilees Parker

Get some mates over, share some sake and have a sushi party.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Unless gathered absolutely fresh, seaweed tends to be sold dried. It is available fresh from May to June.


Fresh seaweed does not keep well, so it is best to buy it ready-processed and dried.


Carrageen, or Irish moss, is used as a vegetarian gelling agent in some processed foods. Seaweed can be eaten raw in salads, stir-fried or dried and used as a seasoning.

Varieties of seaweed