Especially in the Japanese cuisine, seaweed is commonly eaten together with soups, as a salad, or together with the main dish. It is highly valued due to its high nutrients and great taste. At Ikrinka, you can order top-notch, tasty wakame.
What is seaweed?
Seaweed is considered a sea vegetable. There are records of its cultivation in Japan that date back to 1670. Aquaculture is the maritime equivalent of agriculture. This process ranges from the management of natural batches of seaweed to more complex processes that imply full control over its life cycle.
Wakame is one of the most popular types of seaweed in the world. It is also known by the alias "sea mustard". Its flavour is a distinctive one that consists of a mix of sweet, salty, deep, and umami touches. Its texture is slightly rubbery, slippery, and with a squeaky feeling when you bite into it. It is usually sold dried or salted in a sealed package. Its characteristic colour is deep green, which is why some people mistake wakame with nori seaweed. Nori is the type of algae used in sushi.
Health benefits of wakame
Sea vegetables, in particular, wakame are famous for their nutritional benefits, as they are rich in healthy fatty acids. Moreover, wakame is a great source of detoxifying chlorophyll. It contains a wide range of necessary minerals, such as iron, sodium, manganese and magnesium. Wakame is also packed with vitamins like vitamin C, A, E, K and foliate. There are several studies that link the consumption of sea vegetables to improvements in circulation, boosting metabolism and improved health of hair and skin. There is interesting ongoing research on the possible benefits of wakame to fight cancer. Its effects seem to come from positive effects in hormonal levels and in the immune system.
Why are sea vegetables so good for the environment?
Sea vegetables are not only very healthy, but they are praised for being one of the most sustainable sources of food. In particular, the production of wakame does not require the use of freshwater or any fertilizers. While growing, seaweed absorbs phosphorous, carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the sea. This means that it has a negative footprint, which is great for the environment. Order our high-quality wakame seaweed and rest assured that you are doing something good both for your health and for the environment.
Recipes with wakame seaweed
Wakame is well known for its exquisite flavour. It is commonly found in the most famous Japanese soup, the miso soup. It mixes perfectly with the flavours of the dashi stock, the tofu, minced scallions and the miso paste. Another very common use of wakame is the preparation of a very tasty seaweed salad. After hydrating the seaweed, the wakame is mixed with soy sauce and sesame seeds. Wakame salad can be eaten as a side or as a very healthy snack between meals. Buy the best wakame seaweed traditional in Japanese cuisine and add an original touch to your meals.
High-quality products from Ikrinka
At Ikrinka, we make a very careful selection of our products. Wakame seaweed is a famous Asian delicacy very much sought-after in Western cuisine. Order from our wide range of products, and have it easily delivered to the comfort of your home. We offer multiple payment methods. Our team will be happy to assist you with any questions or suggestions!