I’m a food history buff and longtime listener of the BBC Food Programme. Their episode on ‘Seaweed, a Forgotten Food?’ dives into the history, medicinal and nutritional value of seaweed. The podcast moves from Ireland, where doctors prescribe seaweed for medicinal purposes, to New Zealand where seaweed is a symbol for fertility, and finally to Japan where seaweed is so valued that the Japanese built a shrine to the British researcher who studied the lifecycle of the nori, Dr Kathleen Drew-Baker.
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