Nori

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A Japanese Staple

A Japanese Staple

Nori is a type of edible Japanese seaweed, popular in Japan. Commonly used as the wrapping ingredient in sushi, Nori is widely popular in and outside of Japan. While Nori initially was a generic term for seaweed, there are various types of seaweeds consumed in Japan today. Some of the oldest descriptions of nori date back to the 8th century. Nori is made by drying the sea-weed into various sheets, similar to how Japanese paper making is done. Before nori was dried into sheets, it was served as a paste.

Edible Sea Weeds

Edible Sea Weeds

There are various types of sea-weed that can be consumed. Here are a few popular varieties with a brief explanation of each:

  • Nori: dried sea-weed sold in strips/sheets
  • Kombu: long strips of dried kelp
  • Ao-nori: dried, diced nori sprinkled on various dishes
  • Hijiki: dried black sea-weed usually served as thin strips
  • Wakame: a more tender type of kelp, similar to kombu
  • Mekabu: flowering portion of the sea-weed, from the same plant as Wakame

These are just some of the many varieties of nori you can enjoy!

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