Nori - Japanese Seaweed
Nori is the most popular of all sea vegetables, not only in Japan, but throughout the world. Fine-Cut (Kizami) Nori, made from the highest quality toasted sushi nori, makes the perfect garnish for all dishes, in both Japanese and western style meals. No preparation is needed, just sprinkle it freely on whole grains, noodles, soups, salads, or on just about anything! It's a completely natural, tasty, instant food. Used in Japan as an addition to Sui-Mono (Japanese Clear Soups), Sarashi-Zushi (Tossed Sushi Bowl), Sunomono (Vinegared Seaweed salad), Hiyamugi & Zaru-Soba, (Noodles dishes served with a chilled dipping sauce), or add to furikake (Japanese Sesame Sprinkles & Condiments). Nori or flat seaweed sheets are the main ingredient in maki sushi or rolled-sushi. Nori is the most mild of all Japanese seaweed and is a good starter for people new to sea vegetables. Nori, also known as laver, is available in wafer-thin sheets, flakes (kizami nori) and strips. Due to the fact that sushi is rolled in nori, it has become the world's most popular seaweed. In addition to sushi and rice balls (onigiri), nori is used as a garnish for salads, soups, noodles (especially cold udon or soba), rice or casseroles. Nori condiment for rice (noritsukudani) is made by cooking nori into a thick paste with shoyu. Particularly beneficial for the kidneys, female organs and in reducing cholesterol, nori is rich in nutrients, including calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamins A and C. Mitoku nori is produced in the Sendai region in northern Japan where the waters are clean and unpolluted. Recently cheap Chinese nori has been introduced into the market. This nori is primarily grown in heavily industrialized areas of China in some of the most polluted waters in the world. Cheap nori is the last item to economize on; it may contain dangerously high levels of mercury and other heavy metals and other pollutants.
Uses: For a mineral hit add to miso soups, other soup stocks, noodle broth or salads, use in mixing condiments or sauces, rolling sushi or sprinkle on for extra flavor and nutrition.