Has Anyone Ever Used Foraged Seaweed as a Gelling Agent in Cooking?

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Q: As kids in the early 30's, we used to pick seaweed at the North Shore in Massachusetts. Our mother would use it to make tapioca pudding. I have no idea what seaweed it was and no one seems to remember. Has anyone ever done this or know anything about it? I'd love to trace its history!

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Editor: Seaweed has definitely been used as a gelling agent, especially for making vegan desserts, but I've never heard of using foraged seaweed in this way.

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