Mekabu ( Wakame Sea Vegetable Sporophyll)

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  • Brand: Eden
  • Sku: 857676
  • Country of Origin: Japan
  • Kosher: Yes
  • $17.99 2 oz Pack

Eden Mekabu (Wakame Sporophyll Undaria pinnatifida)is the ruffled, flowering sprout located at the base of the sea vegetable, wakame Undaria pinnatifida just above the root.Wild grown, hand harvested, cleaned, sun-dried, misted with pure water, shredded, and dried again.Mekabu has a pleasant, mellow sweet flavor and is highly regarded in Japan and other parts of Asia.
Soak it twelve minutes and just add ponzu; or blend toasted sesame oil, brown rice vinegar, and shoyu to put on it.Mekabu is usually eaten in small amounts, like a condiment, rather than a side dish. One teaspoon (about 1 gram) is sufficient for a serving.After soaking mekabu is usually seasoned and eaten as is or added to salads, without further cooking or simply added toward the end of cooking for soups. Use in soups, salads, Japanese pickles, or as a garnish on top of cooked rice and grains, traditional noodles, and in sushi rolls.
To prepare Eden Mekabu, first soak in hot water to cover for 10 minutes. Drain off the water and cover with cold water for 2 minutes. Then drain off the cold water. The mekabu is now ready to eat as is, with a drop or so of brown rice vinegar and shoyu soy sauce, on top of traditional noodles and broth, cooked rice or nori maki sushi rolls, and in making Japanese style vegetable pickles. When adding to soups, add the soaked mekabu at the very end of cooking, just before serving so as not to cook it. Try it in our Udon and Mekabu Salad in the recipe section.
Wakame Sporophyll Undaria pinnatifida
Modern science affirms that fucoidan, a natural complex contained in the viscous and sticky sporophyll of mekabu, is a beneficial polysaccharide that breaks down when the seaweed is cooked. To preserve its beneficial fucoidan, do not cook.Fucoidan is believed to be of benefit to the immune system as well as digestive and thyroid health. For those using sea salt, sea vegetables are a source of iodine. Eden Mekabu is very low in sodium, fat free, and cholesterol free. Disclaimer These statements are not evaluated by the FDA & the product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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