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Unit 28, Crofty Industrial Estate, Crofty Pen-clawdd City_of_Swansea Wales
Cockles and Laverbread from Wales. The Burry Inlet is one of the few estuaries left in this country in which commercial hand gathering using a rake and riddle continues. The biggest change that the local industry has seen since 1965 is the replacing of horses and carts with tractors. Cockles thrive in Penclawdd due to there being very large areas of mud flats, on both sides of the estuary, rich in feed. The factory is capable of processing 10 tonne of live shellfish per hour and is situated in an ideal position at the edge of the estuary. The cockles are graded into select sizes and processed in the new modern factory within hours of gathering.| Laver is a seaweed found on the western coast of the British Isles, growing on beaches where rocks are embedded in sand. It attaches itself to the rocks by a 'hold-fast' and is easy but laborious to collect. Laver is extremely nutritious, rich in protein, contains iodine and the vitamins A, B, B2, C & D. It is also very low in calories. After picking it is washed thoroughly to remove the sand then cooked until soft and resembling a jelly. It is then known as laverbread. It is a similar plant to the seaweed treated as a great delicacy in Japan, sold in the UK as dried sheets called Nori. You can also buy laverbread online The families within the company have 50 years experience in cooking laverbread. Traditionally the seaweed was collected and handwashed before being cooked in boiling pans over coal fires
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