The geography of a country is one factor that influences its cuisine. The unique climate of India has allowed for the cultivation of spices, which in turn led to the creation and popularity of spicy Indian cuisine. Saudi Arabia is the second largest producer of dates in the world. Dates are an important part of the diet in Saudi Arabia.
In many coastal countries, seafood is a major part of the diet. Japan is an island and consumes a lot of fish compared to the rest of the world. Japanese cuisine is known for its wide variety of seafood and fish.
Seaweed is one of the many types of seafood. Seaweeds have been eaten in Japan for thousands of years. They may be scary to some people in other parts of the world, but they’re delicious, nutritious, and popular food. We will explore the world of seaweeds that are edible and give you some super healthy and delicious salad recipes to try.
Contrary to popular belief, seaweeds do not belong in the fungi family. They are algae. This is a diverse group of aquatic plants which grow in saltwater. Seaweeds are similar to land plants in that they use photosynthesis and chlorophyll for growth. However, they do not have roots, leaves, flowers, or stems. They have unique structures which help them to absorb nutrients from the sea.
Seaweeds are found in all oceans. They are often associated with Asian food, but this has somewhat obscured the fact they are also consumed in other countries, or at least their coastal regions.
Seaweeds can be found in Western Norway and Iceland as well as along the Atlantic coast of France. Northern Ireland, and Southern Ireland. Also, they are common in Latin America as well as Mexico.
There are now three types of seaweeds that their color can classify. The colors of the seaweed change depending on how many pigments it has, its location, and how it photosynthesizes. There are three types of seaweed: red, brown, and green. Each has a unique combination of five different chlorophyll types, as well as other pigments.
There are approximately 10,000 different seaweed species that fall under these categories, and they come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. Scientists have yet to discover all the seaweed species that exist. The majority of these thousands are edible, meaning they are not toxic.
A briny or salty taste characterizes seaweeds due to the high amount of sodium that they absorb from the sea. It also has an umami flavor similar to that of meat. This is due to their high amino acid and protein content. A metallic taste is another characteristic that occurs because seaweeds absorb minerals from the water.
Seaweeds can have different tastes, depending on the type, whether they’re fresh, dried, or cooked. Some seaweeds, for example, are sweet. Some seaweeds may taste like vegetables or grass. When toasted, some may taste nutty. Pickled seaweeds have a salty-sour taste.
These edible algae types were so high in nutrients that they were considered superfoods. Seaweeds contain a lot of vitamins like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron. They also contain omega-3 fatty acid that supports brain health.
Seaweeds have low calories and fat. Seaweeds are very filling because they contain dietary fibers that help regulate blood sugar, aid digestion, and reduce bad cholesterol. These foods are rich in antioxidants and have a lot of iodine, which is needed to make thyroid hormones. These, in turn, control metabolism and aid brain development in infants.
Around 700 different types of seaweed have been consumed by humans over the years. Seaweed is consumed in East and Southeast Asia, but it is most commonly associated with Japan because they are used to make many popular Japanese dishes such as Sushi. Seaweeds are used in dashi, nimono, and other Japanese words. Seaweeds, which are also cultivated artificially, are a staple of Japanese cuisine.
In order to encourage more seaweed consumption, many products based on it have been developed. Seaweed butter, for example, is a combination of seaweed, cultured milk butter, and salt. You can use it as a substitute for butter when cooking. Spread on toast bread, or add to pasta or vegetables.
Seaweed pasta is another option, in which dried seaweed is added to wheat flour to make pasta. Seaweed dried can be used to flavor tea or brewed into seaweed tea.
Seaweeds can be found in many supermarkets that specialize in Asian products or the Asian section of regular supermarkets. You can find them dried or fresh like herbs or pre-packaged, pickled, or in foods such as those we have mentioned.
Seaweeds can be eaten in salads. Add other ingredients and flavoring sauces to make them even more delicious.
We will demonstrate in the next section four of the easiest and most accessible seaweed salads you can make yourself at home as a side dish or healthy snack between meals.
Arame Seaweed Salad
Arame, a type of edible seaweed, is widely eaten in Japan and Asian cuisines. It is harvested along Asia’s Pacific Coast.
Arame is a brown seaweed with a dark brown or black color. It looks like sea spaghetti. Arame seaweed is mild and sweet. It is also rich in vitamins minerals, and low in calories and fat.
This salad is quick and easy to prepare. It takes only a few moments. This recipe does not require any Japanese-only ingredients. You can find everything you need in your local supermarket.
- Arame dried 1 cup
- Two medium carrots, grated
- Two medium beetroots grated
- One medium-sized ginger root, grated
- One green onion, chopped
- Eight cherry tomatoes, each half-cut
- Two tablespoons of sesame seeds toasted
- Use two tablespoons of virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh lime juice, two tablespoons
- Half a cup of chopped coriander
Add the Arame to a bowl. Cover it with cool, lukewarm water, and let it soak between 15 and 20 minutes.
Use a spatula and combine all the vegetables in a large bowl. Mix the olive oil and lime juice in a separate bowl. Add the mixture to the vegetables.
Add the Arame to the vegetables after draining them. Salt to taste and stir for about a minute until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Let the salad cool for 15 minutes, and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top before serving.
Dulse Seaweed Salad
It is not dulce th, the Spanish word for sweetness, but a type of red seaweed that ranges from a dark red to a brownish color. It is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and, therefore, is eaten in countries like the US, Canada, Iceland, Norway, and many West European countries that have an Atlantic Coast.
Dulse has a similar texture to Arame. It is thin and flat, and it looks like a leaf. It is incredibly salty and umami-rich. Freshly, it is chewy and crisp when dried. It can be used in salads, stews, or many different soups.
This recipe uses many vegetables and condiments in order to create a delicious and healthy Dulse Seaweed Salad. The ingredients are mostly common, but there are two that aren’t. Rice vinegar and wasabi are the two ingredients.
Rice vinegar, as its name implies, is a vinegar that is made from fermented grains of rice. It is very popular in Southeast Asia. Wasabi is a Japanese green root plant that is native and is harvested there. It is also known as Japanese horseradish. Wasabi can be grated or ground and added to many dishes as a spicy, savory condiment.
- Dulse dried 30 grams
- Ginger grated to 2 teaspoons
- One small carrot, thinly sliced
- Three chopped green onions
- Four thinly sliced red radishes
- Slice 1 small cucumber
- One ripe avocado, sliced
- Rice vinegar, two tablespoons
- Sugar 2 teaspoons
- Use 1/2 teaspoon of Wasabi Powder
- Soy sauce, two teaspoons
- Virgin olive oil, one tablespoon
- Use two tablespoons of lime juice
- Two teaspoons of white sesame seeds toasted
- Two teaspoons of toasted pumpkin seeds
The Dulse can be rinsed in cold water and then soaked for 15 minutes in warm water. Drain it and squeeze well to remove excess water. If your Dulse flattens out, you can chop and move it into a large bowl.
Add all vegetables except the avocado to the bowl and combine them with the algae using a spatula. Rice vinegar, sugar wasabi powder, olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and salt are all good ways to season the salad. Mix well again to ensure the salad has a good flavor.
Add the sesame seeds and Pumpkin Seeds to the salad and serve.