We test our Farmed Wakame seaweed for contaminants in accordance with the ANZ Food Code.
Product of China. Packed in New Zealand.
Storage: Wakame is light sensitive and may lighten in colour if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Seaweeds are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, so seal securely once opened.
Allergens: MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF: Crustacea, Fish, Molluscs.
Warning: Contains naturally occurring iodine. Excessive consumption may exceed recommended daily dietary intakes which could have adverse effects.
How to Eat Wakame
Ways to Eat Farmed Wakame seaweed
Wakame works well in salads, stir fries or soups, as well as many other dishes – just think of it as another green vegetable. Once rehydrated, use can use the leaves to wrap food parcels or add to your vegetables and salad dishes. Chop dry leaves onto food as a seasoning or garnish. Check the recipe links at the bottom of this page for inspiration – this is a very versatile seaweed and we consider it a pantry staple.
Directions: Cooking with Farmed Wakame seaweed:
Wakame re-hydrates very quickly, requiring only a minute or two soaking time, or you can chop it directly into your food whilst cooking and allow the steam to rehydrate the seaweed. Re-hydrate your wakame in tepid water – the leaves will expand 5-10 times when they are wet, so start with a conservative amount and increase as desired. Use the water you rehydrated the wakame in to water your house plants or for a DIY facial as it’s full of nutrients and minerals – your skin will thank you for it!
Try these wakame recipes
Salads & Stir-fries
Why Eat Wakame – Health Benefits
Wakame is a brown seaweed, so offers a concentrated source of naturally occuring iodine – an essential nutrient for human health- specifically linked to immunity, thyroid, brain, ovarian and breast health. Iodine is an essential nutrient for the production of a hormone called thyroxin which helps to regulate many body functions. It has also been linked to apoptosis (cell death) which is critical to fighting cancer – particularly thyroid and breast cancer. Our wild Wakame is a great addition to any diet. Depending on seasonality, it offers excellent iodine, and is also a source of calcium, magnesium, and contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and K.
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.
A word of warning on iodine
Wakame 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 wild wakame seaweed
Our farmed wakame is air dried to preserve it’s dense nutritional value. Pacific Harvest specialises in seaweed, and has been trusted by the nutritional community since 2002. We test all our wakame 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.
Recycling our wakame 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! Please pop the 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.