Early Western Australian settlers used to boil a type of red seaweed (Betaphycus speciosum) to make jelly. They called it bush jelly. You can find a recipe in a Bush Book called Marine Plants of the Perth Region, though I don’t recommend trying to eat it. Or so I hear…
Unrelated, although also totally related, there’s a current debate in WA’s Wheatbelt regarding the increasing salinity in the soil. Some farmers are proposing converting wheat farms into seaweed farms, which thrive in high saline areas. Seaweed is a multi-billion dollar global industry.
The idea of seaweed in the Wheatbelt is so fabulously outrageous, that I wrote about it.
Bush Jelly, WA found a home in the equally fabulously-titled journal “Landscapes Vol 3 Issue 2 Summer 2009 ‘Hydrobotanica’ – The Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language at Edith Cowan University”.
Here’s Bush Jelly, WA