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By F. Marian McNeill

Published 2015

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In Orkney, children eat the stems of the sea-tangle raw, as they would stalks of rhubarb. In the Hebrides, says Martin Martin, ‘the Blade is eat by the Vulgar Natives . . . I had an Account of a young Man who had lost his Appetite, and taken Pills to no Purpose, and being advised to boil the Blade of the Alga, and drink the Infusion boil’d with a little Butter