Mara Artisan Seaweeds

Not open to the public.

Mara Artisan Seaweeds
21-23 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JP
  • Telephone 0131 208 1336
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  • Website www.maraseaweed.com
Mara Artisan Seaweeds

When Fiona Houston and Xa Milne were researching for their 2008 foraging handbook Seaweed and Eat It, Fife’s Forth shoreline was a frequent hunting ground. The interest of chefs on subsequent foraging tours to the East Neuk opened their eyes further.

‘We realised all this kelp was an unbelievable natural resource,’ explains Houston. The pair set up The Sea-Spice Company, subsequently re-named Mara (meaning 'of the sea in Gaelic), which collects, dries then mills single varieties of seaweed into packets of sea-spices that can be used to give distinctive flavours to stews, soups, fish dishes, grills and – in the hands of some of the top chefs they’re now supplying – foams and even ice-creams.

For now their raw material arrives for packing in Elie from different parts of the British Isles, but they hope to establish a Scottish supply as demand grows. The seaweeds can be bought online, or from delis across Scotland.

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  • Open since: 2010

Reviews & features

Can The Sea-Spice Company make room on your shelf for seaweed seasoning?

26 Jun 2012

Fife's shoreline inspired Fiona Houston and Xa Milne's 'sea-sons'

When Fiona Houston and Xa Milne were researching for their 2008 foraging handbook Seaweed and Eat It, Fife’s Forth shoreline was a frequent hunting ground. The interest of chefs on subsequent foraging tours to the East Neuk opened their eyes further.