Ingredients, dishes and drinks from Japan by Ad Blankestijn

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Seaweed. Undaria pinnitifida. わかめ、若布、和布。

Wakame has a high dietary fiber content. It is brown and can be found on rocky shores and in bays in the temperate zones of Japan. Wakame can also be cultivated and is usually harvested from May to June.

Wakame is cut before use. It can be used both fresh or in dried form. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and has a high iodine content.

According to folk wisdom it is effective in treating hair loss or giving a nice shine to your hair.

  • In miso soup
  • In suimono (clear soup)
  • As wakame soup.
  • In seaweed salads (wakame-sarada)
  • In vinegared dishes (sunomono)
  • In ramen, soba or udon ("Wakame-udon" etc.)
  • In chazuke ("wakame-chazuke")

[Wakame from Wikipedia]