Several times in 2001, I had the incredible experience of going out to the ocean at dawn to harvest seaweeds with James. I was impressed by how he worked with the cycles of the tides and his dedication to sustainable harvest practices. I also took part in the drying process. The seaweeds were brought home to James and Kari's land and quickly fresh air dried to maintain their potency. Timeless traditions, superb products and dedication that's hard to come by. Thank you."
Drying and Processing Seaweeds
The seaweeds arrive at home in the late afternoon and our local crew hangs seaweed on the outdoor drying rack until dark. The sea vegetables will stay fresh and cool during the night, and quickly dry in the open air through the following morning, before being taken down and moved inside to our storage facility.
At Naturespirit Herbs we have a short questionnaire for our employees.
The answer to the question: “Which jobs do you like the best?” is always “wildcrafting”.
It is very satisfying to be able to harvest our own medicine and to get to know the biodiverse region we live in, with so many different ecosystems.
Drying and Processing Herbs
We dry all the herbs, roots and fungi at low temperatures, often with fans, to speed up the drying process and ensure high quality. We harvest small batches at the time which mean we can pay plenty attention to quality.
Our herbs are stored in a cool, dark place after the drying process is complete.