Nori Seaweed Fronds (Raw, wild harvested)


Nori Seaweed fronds may also be known as Karengo in NZ.  Of all the edible seaweeds it is perhaps the most well known, being of sushi fame! Nori is a red seaweed and can go by different names – in Wales it is called laver, in South America, luche.  We call it Nori here because it is the most commonly used name for this species of seaweed around the world.

Our 80g box is currently on special – 30% off whilst stocks last as the best before date is fairly short – August 2022. (Seaweeds will last longer than the stated BBD if stored correctly due to their natural mineral density which acts as a preservative).

Nori seaweed has a texture similar to cellophane and is naturally a dark purple/browny colour. It has a light mushroom like flavour which can change to more of a nutty flavour when roasted, or anchovy flavour when moist.  This is one of the reasons nori is so popular – the flavour profile can change and it can be used in so many ways – scroll down for Nori recipe suggestions.

Ingredients: Nori seaweed (Porphyra columbina) 100%.

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  • Sustainably harvested
  • Processed in approved food grade facilities
  • High in nutrients
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excellent source of iodine gluten free low fat gm free plant based

We test our wild Nori seaweed fronds for contaminants in accordance with the ANZ Food Code. It is harvested in South America and hand packed in New Zealand.

Storage:  Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Seal securely once opened – seaweeds are hygroscopic which means they will absorb moisture from the atmosphere around them
Allergens: May contain traces of  crustacea, fish (molluscs)

Warning: Wild harvested. Check for detritus.
Contains naturally occurring iodine. Excessive consumption may exceed recommended daily dietary intakes which could have adverse effects.

How to Use Nori

How to Use Nori Seaweed Fronds

Rather than buying processed sushi nori sheets*, did you know you can eat raw Nori straight from the bag? It’s quite a delicious, mildly salty snack, and we’d argue there is not a healthier snack around than raw seaweed as nature intended.  There is no need to rehydrate Nori seaweed.  If you like, you can make your own seaweed sheets at home (here’s a recipe for you to try)

If you roast Nori, it will turn a greeny colour and take on a more nutty flavour. Nori (or Karengo) has a delicate flavour and will burn under intense heat. Flavour can vary from ‘tea-like’ or ‘mushroomy’, to nutty (when roasted) to mild anchovy (when moist).

Try Nori seaweed with eggs, salads, soup, pizza, pasta, stir-fries, seafood, vegetables, seafood, rice or with nuts and seeds.
Use Nori seaweed in savoury baking, Mediterranean dishes or soups. Nori also pairs wonderfully with chocolate and ginger. See links to recipe ideas below.

*Nori sheets have recently become a popular healthy seaweed snack in supermarket aisles and for good reason – they offer a “healthier for you”, delicious plant based snack. However, do check the fat and nutrient content and compare it to the raw version!

Recipe Ideas – Working with Nori Fronds

Eat it raw, straight from the bag! Check our new raw nori snack pack for a 5 star health rated snack!


Pasta, Pizza, Sauces

Light meals


Health Benefits

Why Eat Nori seaweed fronds – health benefits

Of all the popular edible seaweeds, Nori offers the most plant protein (up to 35%). Its densly nutritions – offering excellent micronutrients such as iodine, and a good source of Vitamin B12 which is hard to find in a plant based protein, and has a good balance of minerals, trace elements and fatty 3 acids. – vegans and vegetarians take note!  Iodine is an essential nutrient for the production of a hormone called thyroxin which helps to regulate many body functions.

Red seaweeds have a general tonic effect on the body, strengthening the immune system.  Traditionally Nori has been used in Chinese and other traditional medicine approaches to nourish the nervous system and improve resistance to stress. There are even studies showing Nori can relieve symptoms of cold, flu and other viral infections.

We like to refer to this Harvard study, which encourages improving diet in the first instance, before adding made-made nutritional supplements. Most nutrients are more potent when they come from our food and have not been processed in a lab. Plus, food tastes better, and is often cheaper than nutritional supplements, not to mention less of a hassle as you can simply add it to what you are already eating or preparing to eat.

Many add nori to their food instead of salt if they follow a low sodium diet as it offers a mild salty flavour, but with added nutrients and mineral content in the seaweed than a regular table salt may offer.

A word of warning on iodine

Nori offers an excellent source of naturally occurring iodine. Please pay attention to the serving size suggestions on pack and consult a health care professional if you have concerns about your health or further questions about iodine.

Harvesting, testing, packing, recycling

How we harvest, test our pack our Nori seaweed fronds

Our Nori is the same species that grows around New Zealand’s shores. We work with a womens co-operative in South America to source sustainably wild harvested nori which is air dried close to source to preserve nutrient density.

Pacific Harvest specialises in seaweed, and has been trusted by the nutritional community since 2002.  We test all our imported nori for contaminants in external labs, before packing them by hand in our food grade facility in Auckland.

We recently removed the zip lock from our bags to reduce the amount of overall plastic in the bag. Please use the resealable sticker we provide to keep moisture out.

Where is New Zealand Karengo and when can we source it locally again?

For many years we wild harvested karengo here in NZ but due to the Kaikōura earthquake in 2016,  the area where commercial harvest is allowed, was closed to allow the seabed to recover. There is unfortunately no cultivation of karengo in New Zealand although you may be able to find it all around our coastlines if you are a seaweed forager.

Until we are able to safely harvest NZ karengo at a commerical, food grade level, we are working with ethical harvesters of exactly the same species overseas to ensure continued supply!

Recycling Nori fronds packaging

We recently added cardboard boxes to our range to ensure the stores who stock these products can stand them on shelf as the pouches we previously used fell over constantly! Seaweeds are light sensitive so this box also protects them from the light.  Please pop the used cardboard boxes into your worm farm, or in kerb side cardboard recycling.

The plastic pouch can be recycled through soft plastic recycling schemes. Ideally we’d not use plastic but as seaweeds are hygroscopic (attract moisture) we need to ensure we can keep the seaweeds food safe. Compostable options don’t currently provide adequate moisture barriers. Please read more on our packaging journey here.


Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Mary-Jo Junger
Super yum!

Love the clean sea taste, new to my food repertoire, loving the product!

Love it

If you make your own miso soup with cubed tofu and seaweed ... then this is the seaweed of choice!! The flavour is quite unique and perfect for miso soup and stir fries too. Very delicate and beautiful!! We love it!!

Bernadette Whitaker

Thanks, very good!

Tracy Stevenson
Thank you

Awesome product loving it !!!!

Leander Kane

(Nori Seaweed Fronds (Karengo, Dried, Raw, Wild Harvested) is the richest I have tasted———great to eat just as a snack, has a fullness of taste and is really satisfying———feels really nutritious

Thanks for your feedback - always good to hear especially when you have tested a few other options and can compare!