Hijiki is cultivated and sold cut and dried. When boiled before drying the color becomes a rich black. Despite its spiky looks, it is quite soft.
[Hijiki no nimono. Photo Ad Blankestijn]
Hijiki is very nutritious. Contains lots of iron, calcium and dietary fibers (40%).
- Hijiki-mame, soybeans with hijiki sauteed in oil with soy and suga
- Hijiki no nimono, simmered seaweed with vegetables (for example, carrot, konnyaku and aburage)
- Hijiki salad
- Hijiki-gohan, rice mixed with hijiki and some vegetables