10 Healthy Seaweeds You should know!(海藻)

I’ve heard that foreigners take kombu into a bathtub for thalassotherapy…but the Japanese NEVER do that.

Because, kombu is for foods in Japan. When talk about this food to westerners, I was said “It’s joke…”We must feel gross each other.😅

Today I introduce representative Japanese seaweed.

It is often used for wrapping around sushi or onigiri so that keeping the shape of the rice. 

Japanese prefer moist to crisp texture, but foreigners are apt to prefer opposite… I don’t know why.

Ariake nori (有明のり)

the Ariake nori is the most famous brand in Japan. It is said this one is crispier and having Umami strongly. 

Tsukudani (佃煮)

Japanese often eats ” Tsukudani(佃煮)”, which is a sweetly simmered nori with soy sauce and sugar. This is match for TKG well.

FYI: Youtube
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au3klDDjtgA

Wakame (わかめ / ワカメ)


”Wakame” means young kombu.Japanese usually eats them for salad, Adding them into miso soup or vinegared dish.

Wakame recipe

The crunchy texture of wakame seaweed and okra. It also has the flavor of spring onions.

FYI: orangepage.net
Source: https://www.orangepage.net/recipes/detail_114932

Kuki wakame (茎ワカメ)

This is called “kuki wakame”. “kuki” means stem in Japanese. We often eat it as a snack. 

You can get it in convenience store or supermarket.

Kanten (寒天)

Kanten Papa in Nagano prefecture is the most famous brand in Japan.

“Kanten (寒天)” means Agar. Japanese often use this kanten instead of gelatin because of healthier, moreover, it doesn’t have any calories.

Kombu (昆布)

“Kombu” means kelp.

Abalone, chestnuts, and kelp are lucky foods for Samurai. When the Warring States period, they ate Kombu before going into battle.

This kombu is often used as  dashi soup stock as well as katsuobushi (bonito flakes).

Hidaka kombu (利尻昆布 / 日高昆布)

Especially kelp of Rishiri Island and Hidaka city in Hokkaido are best quality. 

The soup made from these kombu have a richer flavor, and color is clearer specially.

Oshaburi kombu(おしゃぶり昆布)

This is a snacks called “pacifier kelp”. We often eat them as same as wakame stems, when we have little hungry.


“Aosa” “Ao-nori” means dried green nori. We often sprinkle it on yakisoba or okonomiyaki.

Aosa recipe


Aosa is often sprinkled on top of okonomiyaki and takoyaki. They tend to get all over your mouth and teeth, so be careful out there on that date!

This is stick to teeth well😨

Take care before dating!

“Mekabu (めかぶ)” means “Wakame roots” This appearance is a slimy, but the texture  is crispy. 

We eat this with rice or snacks like Natto(納豆) .

Umibudou (海ぶどう /海ブドウ)


“Umibudou (海ブドウ)” means “Sea grapes is a special product from Okinawa.

The texture looks like a tapioca or salmon roe. It has salty flavor.  We eat them snacks for Shochu (焼酎)or Awamori (泡盛).

Umibudou recipe

This recipe is the easiest! You wash it in sea water. Recipe by Okinawans.

FYI: Cookpad
Source:  https://cookpad.com/recipe/2256457

Hijiki (ひじき)

Hijiki recipe

“Hijiki” is a kind of brown algae. This is said to increase hair and keep the color beautiful. So we often eat them as a side dish of the deli food.

FYI: Kurashiru
Source: https://www.kurashiru.com/recipes/6e523fcc-f2f4-49df-a6b8-dde063187310

“Tororo-kombu” means tangle shavings.
The Latin name is Kjellmaniella…I do not know😅

We eat it into soup, tofu, or egg dishes. Or, Wrapping as instead of Nori to Onigiri.

Tororo-kombu recipe

You can get it at every supermarket. This texture changes to kind a jelly into soup. 

It goes smoothly down the throat. Japanese kids love this one.

Source: https://delishkitchen.tv/recipes/169900860497723884

We usually eat this Mozuku with vinegar, tempura or into soup. It was very slippery and looked like snot…I don’t like it, though.

Mozuku recipe

Okinawa’s Taste of Simple Mozuku Tempura Recipe!

FYI: Kurashiru
Source: https://www.kurashiru.com/recipes/f987e054-5169-4099-85ee-b09828060a46

Do you know why Japanese people have the lowest obesity rates(less than 3%) and longevity in the world?

One of the reason is said to eat seaweeds.

This appearance is disgusting, but having highly nutritious and it is said being able to keep youth.👍

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