Sunday, March 29, 2009

What is Nori?

Many Asian foods call for the use of nori, a type of edible seaweed which is dried or toasted, and often sold in sheets. Nori has been consumed in Japan and China for centuries, and is an important part of Japanese cuisine especially. Most Western consumers are familiar with nori because it is used to wrap sushi, although the distinctive salty, slightly grassy flavor is also delicious eaten plain as well. As the seasons change, diet should change. Nori is a perfect substitute for bread or torilla. I was put on to it by a fellow vegan friend. It's great as a light snack with avocado or Sunshine burger. Most organic markets carry Nori, Dulse and other forms of seaweed. The valuable thing about seaweed is it has “All of the minerals required by human beings", including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc are present in sufficient amounts. In addition, there are many trace elements in seaweeds. Edible plants from the sea also contain important vitamins including vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6, niacin, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and folic acid. Analysis has shown trace amounts of vitamin B12, which rarely occurs in land vegetables. Be well!!!

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