As discussed in the previous article, Aquaculture; seaweed provides us multiple advantages. This article discusses how seaweed is showcased as food.
Seaweed consist of high fiber and they are also known for their Hydrocolloid properties. The food industry exploits its characteristics of gelling, water retention, emulsifying and more. Seaweed diets and recipes have been originated in the eastern world and the western world has caught up with the rest of the world at present.
Here are 4 types of edible seaweed
This is the most common seaweed used in a wide variety of dishes. Is mostly seen in coastal areas all around the globe. Being sweet, silky in texture, and being dark green in color are the main features of wakame. Japanese and Koreans use it in their soups while Japanese restaurants use it for plate dressing as well. It is known for being high in numerous vitamins and minerals, but also low in calories at the same time.
This is an edible form of kelp, which is commonly present in East Asian cuisine. It is sold dried or pickled in vinegar. This is one of the main three ingredients to make the Japanese soup stock dashi. This is used to bring out the flavor in the sushi rice while it is enjoyed on its own with soy sauce and mirin. It can also be used in brewing the Japanese tea Kombucha. Its properties of high iodine and minerals again make it a nutrient-rich food.
Nori is the most recognizable seaweed in American seaweed cuisine. It is usually presented being a wrap for sushi rolls and onigiri and also as a garnish for many soups. The algae; red in nature is shredded and pressed into thin sheets which will be black or green in color when preparing it to be sold. It is sold as a snack, flavored. For more delicate quality, the first harvest nori is available at high-notch restaurants.
This is a seaweed that appears to be reddish purple hued; that grows on the northern coasts of the Pacific and the Atlantic. And is known for its taste; similar to bacon. This is high in all trace elements needed for humans. This nutrient-rich seaweed is available for sale in many forms; the whole leaf, flaked, powder, seasoning mixed and etc. This is prepared in a wide range of dishes in modern restaurants.
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