The World’s Best Dulse

Dried Dulse
Dried Dulse

Somewhat of an acquired taste, dulse is an edible red seaweed that grows in intertidal zones in the North Atlantic and Northwest Pacific Oceans. Dulse picked off the coast of Grand Manan Island is said to be the best in the world, specifically that harvested in Dark Harbour. The high cliffs along this western section of the island shade the intertidal zones, protecting the dulse from too much sunlight and therefore producing a darker, thicker and more flavourful seaweed.

Dulse is harvested by hand at low tide from June through September. The dulse fronds – its leaflike growths – range in size from 20-40cm or 8-16in. When picked, a portion of the frond is left behind so that the plant will continue to grow. During the peak summer months, dulse grows so fast that the same shores may be picked every two weeks – during full moon and new moon.

Dulse on a Rock
Dulse grows on Fundy's ocean floor

Once picked, the dulse is spread out to be dried. Once dried, it is often eaten as is or can also be ground into flakes or powder to be later used in various recipes.

According to the Grand Manan Tourism Association (2011), dulse is an excellent source of dietary requirements with just one handful containing 100% of the daily-recommended intake of Vitamin B6, 66% of B12, a day’s supply of iron and fluoride and is also relatively low in sodium while high in potassium.

This was the 25th article in our “52 Reasons to visit the Bay of Fundy” series. The famous Flower Pot Rocks were last week’s reason to visit the Bay of Fundy. Don’t forget to mark your calendar or use the RSS feed so you won’t miss the 26th reason next week!

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    Blanche MacDonald am from New Brunswick and I just ordered 3 pounds of dulse (cost approx. $ 80.00) from Slocum & Ferris. It is, in my opinion the worst dulse. I wanted the ‘dark’ dulse (which is kind of rubbery, very tasteful and you can actually peal it without any trouble and still keep its taste and goodness. The stuff I got is dark purple and melts in your mouth that if you hold it for a minute or so it’s gone. There’s no chew to it or crunchy in any way. I will never order it from there again, especially at $80.00 for 3 pounds. You guys can order whatever you want but you have not tasted dulse that I love. Anybody out there know what i mean?


      lol Blanche, my family picks dulse for a living here in Nova Scotia. What you got has wilted, sitting around in the humid air. Dulse will change during the picking season, but if you want the good stuff, its the dark crispy fall dulse freshly dried. If its not consumed in a few weeks it will wilt. Often we would tell people to freeze it, as it will keep it from wilting a bit. If you wanted to purchase directly from them, you could send an email to my mum’s soap company, she sells smaller amounts – [email protected] (bayside classic soaps)

    Trofel Lteee % Maurice

    I have a Natural Health Food Store in Cape Breton and I would be interested in buying some Fundy Dulse. How do I go about it. Information Please as soon as possible.

    Thanks, Maurice


    Google dulse processors on grand manan island N.B.

    Caroline Ishii

    Does anyone know if Canadian dulse is available in Japan or how I can find out? I am a chef and author from Canada writing a cookbook on Canadian food, which will be launched in Japanese by a Japanese publisher in April 2018. I am in Tokyo until the end of April working on the book and promotions. One of the recipes in the books mentions Canadian dulse. I would like to use it in the promotional events for the book in Japan and let readers know where and how to buy dulse. Thanks!

    r mackay

    is it possible to arrange a personal trip to have the experience to pick dulse?


      It grows wild, just walk along a decent beach and harvest.


    Who ships grand manan dulse to United States?? I love Grand manan dulse…My mother was from Canada, so I grew up eating it..Just can’t get the good dulse here!!!!??!


      Slocum and Ferris ship to the states


        I was just in touch with Slocum and Ferris, my dulse supplier in Saint John, NB – apparently the last batch did not dry properly and they won’t have any more until June 2018 🙁


      Where is here?

    David Brandal

    We are a new Maritime company who ships our top quality dulse all across Canada. We Currently are setting up in shops in Ontario, you can contact us through our website for direct shipping. Or contact us to find out what cities stores we will be in this month…

      don keating

      want to get some dulse sent to me in the states, from .S.J. live in palm springs, california desert


      My dad lives in Raymond, Maine. He loves dulse… I want to buy some for his 90th birthday. I live in Los Angeles, CA. Any advice??

    Carl Avery

    If your interested in dulse call me 416-209-9810 I live in fundy Bay and can get it


      416 isn’t a fund bay area code. I call shenanigans.

        Nancy Look

        Who ships grand manan dulse to United States?? I love Grand manan dulse…My mother was from Canada, so I grew up eating it..Just can’t get the good dulse here!!!!??!

        Nancy Look

        Where is shanaigans…..What is there phone number??

    Rosan Butt

    I too have been trying to get Dulse (Fundy Dulse) shipped to us here in Ottawa, Ontario. I looked up Fundy Dulse and sent a request as to if its possible to buy in bulk and ship.

      Mark DeWitt

      I live in Ottawa and am looking for a source. Did you have any luck?

        nigel troop

        Beautiful Grand Manan dulse available now at Metro store at Beechwood location in Ottawa Ontario.

    Rosean Moody

    I am living in Welland, Ontario, but am from Saint John, N.B. and wamt to buy some dulse and have it shipped


      try Slocum & Ferris in the SJ City Market. They ship all over.

    Larry Beckingham

    How can I buy dulse and have it ship to Thunder Bay ON. What is the cost of buying and shipping .Thanks Larry

      Mike Postma

      We don’t sell it ourself, but if you google “sell dulse online” or “buy dulse online” you’ll find some stores that do.

    Andrew Geldart

    I am interested in finding out if you sell dulse, and ship it to Ontario. Mt father was from New Brunswick, and I grew up eating dulse. Needless to say it is not that easy to find in Ontario.
    Thank you.
    Andrew Geldart

      Mike Postma

      Hi Andrew, we don’t sell dulse ourself however if you google “sell dulse online” there seem to be several websites that do. I’ve never had to order online, so I can’t really make any recommendations. If you find a good online source, would you please share it here?

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