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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Go Deeper Than Basic Kelp Seaweed

Happy Tuesday Bloggers!

Well for all you basic seaweed enthusiasts most will know right off the bat when someone mentions the word kelp or irish moss. These seem to be the two most common forms of edible seaweed available today. But for those wishing to expand their seaweed horizon to a new level then there are some new forms of seaweed now fresh in stock on our shelves at Florida Herb House or http://www.sharpweblabs.com/ - http://www.floridaherbhouse.com/.

We are excited to welcome four new premium wildharvested seaweeds, (HiJiki, Arame, Applewood Dulse, and California Sea Palm), to our herb stores. While not a common to their kelp brothers and sisters these seaweeds deliver as promised. Whether you are cooking a fine cuisine dish or simply want to reap the most vitamins and minerals per ounce then have a look at these.

Hijiki is a seaweed, similar to arame seaweed. Hijiki is a black, slightly bitter tasting seaweed and is sold dried in short course strips. Hijiki is best used in dishes that require slow cooking. The Okinawa people simmer hijiki with soybeans and vegetables. They soak the soybeans and hijiki overnight. Hijiki like other seaweeds is a rich source of iron, protein, calcium, zinc and iodine. Hijiki is also a good source of Lignans which are beneficial with respect to cancer.

Arame is a good introduction to seaweed because of its mild taste. It blends well with other flavors and is a rich source of iron. Arame can be steamed, sauteed, added to soup, or eaten in salads. Arame and all other seaweed, is a rich source of calcium, zinc and iodine. It is also a good source of Lignans which help fight cancer.
Because it comes from the sea, seaweed contains sodium. It should be avoided by anyone on a sodium-restricted diet. Wakame has the highest sodium content, with kelp having significantly less.

Our Applewood dulse is smoked in a applewood scent and is truly remarkable. This dulse from the northern Atlantic is high in protein, iron, B-12, chlorophyll, enzymes, and fiber. Great raw, right out of the bag. Snip pieces and add to salads, eggs, or grains. Make an Almond-Waldorf Salad (recipe on package). Fry it for a vegetarian DLT sandwich!

Our California Sea Palm is in stock and ready for you to try. Similar to Kelp but different in taste this is a must try. A northern California treasure, noodle-like sea palm becomes a favorite of anyone who tries it. Enjoy its mild flavor. For a gourmet treat, cover ¼ oz sea palm with water, simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel sections of 1 grapefruit and toss with slices of 2 avocados. Add sea palm whole or in pieces. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt or table salt. Exotic!

Stephen C. Sharp