Many people ask, "Where can I buy edible seaweed?" and this nutritious food isn't always readily available. When we were visiting in California recently, I tried Annie Chun's Roasted Sesame Seaweed Snacks and loved them. My husband, who has hypothyroidism and needs to eat more kelp, really liked them too. When we returned to Texas, though, I couldn't find this tasty edible seaweed snack anyplace.
Amazon.com came to the rescue on that one. I ordered one box with a subscription to be delivered once a month and got a good discount. Then I went looking for other eidble seaweed products I could buy online and found
Seaweed Vegetables on Amazon, which includes tasty additions to recipes like kelp noodles, kombu and dulse flakes which are needed for Japanese recipes. These ingredients are hard to find locally but easy to order online. Most offer free shipping with Amazon orders over $25 too.
I recently read Seaweed: Nature's Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body and Soul by Valerie Cooksley, R.N.and I've decided to add more edible seaweed to our diet, besides eating the seafood snacks.Valerie's book discusses seaweed nutrition, and how it's used to help balance our metabolism and increase good health. Her book also includes delicious seaweed recipes so it's an all around great guide to sea vegetables.
Edible Seaweed Nutrition
Edible seaweed is great for your digestion and contains fiber and many trace minerals essential to good health. Seaweed soothes and heals the body, is anti-cancer and boosts the immune system by protecting the body from bacterial and viral infections.
Eating seaweed every day provides optimum nutrition for the hormonal, lymphatic, urinary, and nervous systems. Seaweed nutrients help to repair tissue and build new cells, as well as helping to regulate blood pressure and strengthen the heart and build good circulation. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, like my husband does, then adding edible seaweed to your diet will greatly enhance your thyroid function.
If you'd like to try more edible seaweed in your diet but aren't sure how to use it, try The New Seaweed Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Discovering the Deep Flavors of the Sea by Crystal June Maderia. In Crystal's book, you'll find dozens of recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts, all using edible seaweed. She also discusses several companies which sell sea vegetables so you can try her recommendations on where to buy edible seaweed as well. Many of these products are also available on Amazon.
If you don't want to buy seaweed online, you can check in your area for Asian grocery stores and even Kroger is starting to carry more hard to find Asian ingredients.
Find some delicious seaweed recipes online at Cooks.com and Whole Foods
Seaweed Vegetables on Amazon