In 1991 Louise Gaudet took a four year apprenticeship with
Master Herbalist Ryan Drum Phd. AHG. Ryan Drum teaches the craft of harvesting and processing herbs and seaweeds and their medicinal and nutritional values.
Through her apprenticeship Louise earned her Wildcrafting Certificate from Dominion Herbal College of Vancouver / British Columbia, Canada.
Especially enjoying working with the kelp, Louise decided to go on her own and specialize in wild edible seaweeds.
In 1995 the business started as Nereo Kelp and in 2003 the name changed to BC Kelp.
BC Kelp is a small family business which produces a premium quality edible sea product. In small batches the Kelp is selectively hand harvested for outstanding quality. The fronds are then cut with stainless steel scissors, leaving the stipe intact and the kelp fronds to regrow.
The Kelp fronds are naturally ocean rinsed.
Carefully separated and hung from stainless steel lines, the Kelp slowly indoor dries to preserve its vitamins and minerals and to expose its rich green color. The kelp is indoor dried by hot air, radient heaters, fuelled by propane.
The seaweeds are dried and processed in a government
licensed marine processing plant.
BC Kelp focuses on two major seaweeds, Bullwhip kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and Bladderwrack (Fucus gardneri).
Both are well recognized for their loaded nutritional and medicinal properties. We also harvest small batches of Macro, Wakame and Kombu.
Since 2004 we have relocated from Southern Vancouver Island to beautiful Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert.
We harvest our seaweed in a government licensed area near Porcher Island, close to the Alaskan border, between the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert BC, Canada. Our seaweeds are dried and processed in a government licensed marine processing plant.
The harvest is done in a manner that respects the sensitive and complex nature of the Kelp beds. Only a small percentage (less than 10%)
is harvested throughout the annual harvesting season.
We take great pride in presenting you with our
All Natural Canadian Sea Veggies.