What is Seaweed
Seaweed is a vegetable grown in the forms of algae in the sea. Its a food source for ocean life and can be found in various colors like red, green, brown or black. It usually grows along rocky shorelines around the world, but it’s most commonly eaten in Asian countries such as Japan, Korea and China. The versatile food is used in many recipes like sushi rolls, soups, salads, stews, supplements and smoothies.
Among the many types of Seaweed, there are five main categories of edible seaweed that vary in the color and nutritional value.
- Nori – Used to wrap sushi, rich in fiber and protein
- Kelp – Dried into sheets, added to dish while cooking or soaked in water to soften
- Wakame – Dark green seaweed with sweet and salty flavour,
- Kombu – Brown kelp, which a strong, mineral-rich flavour and often used in soups
- Dulse - A softer, chewier version of seaweed, commonly dried into snacks and chips.
But the most essential characteristic about this super-food is its high nutritional value. It is rich in iodine and Tyrosine which supports the thyroid function, helping in growth and repairing of cells of the body. The wholesome food offers an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins A, C, E, and B12. Due to its rich sources of minerals, vitamins and protein, it is often referred to as the ‘black gold’ and the low-calorie content makes it ideal for dieters.
It adds a subtle sweetness and distinct flavour to your meals and is a rich source of iodine, calcium and magnesium. Seaweed contains amino acids called glutamates which have a salty, rich, savoury taste known as umami.
The versatile Seaweed can be used in sushi, soups, broth, salads, rice, pasta and noodles which releases its wholesome aroma and texture. You can make the famous Miyeok-guk (seaweed soup), Japanese Dashi, miso soup, seaweed salad or a smoothie.
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