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Japanese Seaweeds

Seaweed is widely consumed in Japan, both for its incomparable iodine flavour and for its beneficial properties. Sushi, maki, miso soup, broths, salads... these sea vegetables are an essential part of Japanese cuisine, both traditionally and for the benefits they provide. Several varieties are eaten in Japan for different purposes.

Nori seaweed is best known in Europe for preparing maki and onigiri. Its iodised flavour and round mouthfeel can also be used in crumbs to season fish fillets, pasta, white rice, biscuits, etc.  Kombu has a distinctive brown colour and can be used to season dishes or to make dashi broth, revealing umami, the emblematic flavour of Japanese cuisine. A real flavour enhancer, the 'kombujime' technique refines the flesh and delicately flavours the fish with the taste of kombu. Wakame, rich in flavour and usually cut into strips, is mainly used in soups, salads or stir-fries. Umibudo in the shape of bunches of miniature grapes is a delight when seasoned with Ponzu! Our fresh seaweed salads can be eaten on their own or as a side dish - a culinary voyage guaranteed!

These different types of edible seaweed, with their many virtues, are also very low in calories and contribute to healthy cooking. In Europe, these seaweeds are usually sold dehydrated. Just a few minutes is all it takes to rehydrate them and give these jewels of the sea all their iodised, umami-packed flavour.

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What are the benefits of wakame?

Japanese seaweed contains vitamins A, B and C and many minerals. Green seaweed stands out for its magnesium content and anti-inflammatory properties. Red seaweed is renowned for its moisturising, mineralising, anti-ageing, slimming and draining properties. Brown seaweed is antioxidant and detoxifying. Nori seaweed is rich in iron, amino acids and proteins.

In Japan, spirulina is eaten dried, or in powder or capsule form.

What kind of seaweed can I eat?

The Nishikidôri selection of Japanese seaweed includes only edible seaweed with recognised health benefits.

Is eating seaweed good for your health?

Seaweed is nutritionally rich, providing proteins, vitamins and minerals. Low in calories, it makes for healthy, high-quality cooking.

How do you eat seaweed?

Discover our selection of seaweed leaves to make sushi; powdered seaweed to enhance your dishes; crumbled seaweed to season your dishes and creations or wild, naturally dried and refined seaweed for Umami rich broths.

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