World reknown Japanese food, sushi. Nori is indispensable to sushi.
You can often see Nori being used in California roll and many other rolls.
On this page, we will introduce you this nori.
Type of Nori
Unlike other seaweeds, nori is only distributed in processed form and there are 3 major forms.
Japanese nori is minced nori seaweed spread on a drainboard and roasted. It has spicy savor. It often served with seasoned nori seaweed. It's used as Sushi, rice ball, rice cake and many others. Crumbled Japanese nori can be used for toppings and decorations by sprinkling.
Korean Nori (Gim)
It's similar to Japanese nori seaweed but it's seasoned with sesame oil and salt. Appearance also is unique. While Japanese nori is even thickness and has no holes, Korean nori has a holes and can recognize the difference by just looking at them. Just like Japanese Nori, it is used with rice.
Nori also exists in paste form. It's boiled with soy sauce and other seasonings. In Japanese, it's called "Nori no tsukudani". Nori paste gets to put on top of rice.
History of Nori
Just like other seaweeds, nori was consumed since ancient times. As well as wakame and Arame, Nori was listed on a list to be collected as a tax by first drafted law, "Taiho ritsuryo" on 701A.C.
Prior to Edo period, nori was collected from surface of rock and driftwood. Nori seaweed started commercially grown during Edo period, but their biological life were mostly unknown. And commercial harvest were heavily relied on their gut feelings and experience for long time. Thus, yield quantity was not stable and called a "luck weed".
Nori seaweeds biological life became clear on 1949, which is only half century ago. Since then, Nori production stabled and about 90 billion sheets of nori is produced each year. * a sheet is calculated as 21cm length and 19cm width
Nori Nutirion Aspects
As well as other seaweeds, Nori is rich in nutrients, especially in Vitamin A.
Lack of Vitamin A is said to cause dry eye which is common symptom of modern people. Take in Nori for healthy life.
Vitamin A (Retinol Equivalent : per 100gram)