Color: Brown (Carmel to Olive Green)
Zone: Low intertidal to subtidal
Range: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California
Description: Large, thin blade with flat midrib, May be torn on edges or ends or appear ruffly. Stipe up to 24” long, often with groups of leaf-like sophorophls on each side (“wings”). Branched, root-like holdfast.
Edibility: Delicious! Great in miso and other soups. Use as a vegetable. High in calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
Distinctive characteristics: Center rib. “Wings” (groups of leaf-like sophorophls on each side of the stipe.) One of many Alaria species that look similar. All are edible.
Collection notes: Use scissors to cut off upper part of blade. Leave the leafy “wings” as these are the reproductive parts of the seaweed that will produce next years’ seaweed.
Phylum: Phaeophyta (Brown Algae)
Similar species: Other Alaria species, Laminaria species