Wakame is one of the sweeter seaweed and is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic diet because of its highly alkaline qualities. Farmed/Cut Wakame is conveniently sliced into bite-size pieces and re-hydrates in a matter of minutes. The dark colour of the dried pieces will turn green and the individual pieces will expand 10 times. Easy to prepare, nutritious and versatile, Wakame is easily recognized in the Japanese miso soup and has been enjoyed in Asia for centuries. Wakame is one of the sweeter tasting sea vegetables, an easy one to start with if you are not used to eating seaweed. Wakame, a ‘brown seaweed’ also called 'Asian Kelp', is not native to NZ. Pacific Harvest carries 2 varieties of Wakame: NZ Wild Harvested and Farmed Wakame also called ‘Cut Wakame’.
Our Farmed/Cut Wakame is grown in China by a Japanese company. It is a high quality product we are proud of distributing. It is tested for contaminants.
Download your Farmed Wakame Recipe Brochure Wakame is one of the most popular & most delicious seaweed you can have. It is incredibly versatile and can be easily re-hydrated back to its original state in a matter of minutes, developing a beautiful green colour & expanding about 10 times its dried size. The texture is silky & visually appealing and its delicate taste makes it easy to include in a variety of dishes. Whether you are into the traditional miso soup, Asian soups or salad, our Farmed Wakame will make the dish. Wakame is also delicious in more western-type preparations like greens stir-fry, grain salads and even baking. A cousin of the Atlantic seaweed Alaria, it is suited to the same applications; it is also similar to spinach or other green leafy vegetables in the way it can be used. When used in soups & salads, it is not always necessary to re-hydrate the fronds/pieces. Used straight out of the packet, it will pick up moisture from the surrounding ingredients and preserve a bit of crunch which is nice.
Health & Nutrition
Wakame is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic diet because of its highly alkaline qualities. In Japanese folk medicine, it is known to cleanse and strengthen of the blood and is often given to people recovering from disease or women who have just given birth. Wakame is very nutritious: an excellent source of minerals (esp. calcium, manganese, iron & magnesium), a good source of iodine, vegetarian protein, dietary fibre, essential amino acids and many vitamins (A, C, K, B complex). Wakame also helps omega fatty acid balance by being an excellent source of Omega 3s. To keep the nutrients intact, just soak the dry seaweed in tepid water or add at the very end of a warm dish.
Label & Warnings
Farmed Wakame will expand about 10 times upon re-hydrating, a teaspoon of dry flakes is usually suffisant to prepare a salad for one. Once re-hydrated, wakame doesn't keep well so just reconstitute as you need to.