Seaweed spaghetti is the hot new superfood loved by Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal

[UK] Seaweed is no longer just the slimy green stuff on the beach — it’s a superfood. Chef Jamie Oliver has praised its mineral-packed charms, while Heston Blumenthal adores its delicate, smoky flavour.

Atlantic Kitchen (atlantickitchen.com) imports hand-picked wild seaweed from Ireland, turning it into fashionable Sea Spaghetti (£5.95). “It’s a bit of a mystery to the uninitiated, raved about by the converts,” says chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who sells the spaghetti via his online pantry.

Such is its popularity that Atlantic Kitchen recently expanded its range to include a microwave-able seaweed ready meal and a range of soups. “There’s no need to be squeamish,” says founder Dawn Hourigan. “Seaweed is part of the wild sea vegetable family.”

The health benefits are impressive, too. Al dente sea spaghetti in olive oil and chilli is half the fat of traditional pasta, gluten-free and a natural source of sodium alginate, a chemical that can reduce fat intake by 75 per cent.

 

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