It wasn’t just the Applewood Smoked Dulse - a dense powder of smouldering umami – that won an award for Mara, as its other products Kombu, Dulse and Shony were also awarded prizes at the event.
Kombu and Dulse, which earlier this year won Best Artisan Food at the World Food Innovation Awards, both earned two stars. Shony, which also came out on top at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards last month, continues to boast one Great Taste star for the third year in a row.
The judges described Applewood Smoked Dulse as “a wonderfully versatile salt alternative” and “a really well-crafted product.” Its ability to appeal to all the senses was notable, with the judges commenting on their enjoyment of the “immense flavour, wonderfully evocative aroma [and] beautiful colour.”
Founder and ‘SeaEO’ Fiona Houston said: “The team at Mara have become expert at producing the highest quality seaweed with the purest, cleanest flavours for our premium seasonings. I think those efforts have really been rewarded this year.”
The unsmoked dulse flakes received praise for their texture, “a touch of fleshy seaweed contrasting with a great crunch of natural sea salt,” as well as flavour, “the length of clean, briny flavours is excellent.” Shony stood out for its “fresh coastal notes” and kombu was declared a “really exciting addition to any kitchen.”
Mara (meaning ‘sea’ in Gaelic) turns local seaweed into an essential everyday seasoning, to be used on a wide range of food. Along with adding a flavour-enhancing boost of umami, Mara Seaweed provides a rich source of minerals.
Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values flavour above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging.
All products are blind-tasted so that the judges can savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award. There were 10,000 Great Taste entries this year and of those products, 141 have been awarded a 3-star, 878 received a 2-star and 2,520 were awarded a 1-star accolade.
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