This Wild Wakame seaweed is harvested by hand from the pristine waters of New Zealand’s South Island, and air dried to preserve nutrients. Wakame is also known as Undaria and is a popular edible seaweed, commonly added to delicious, hearty miso soups. It has a unique, subtle umami flavour and is silken to touch. If you are vegetarian or vegan, this is one sea vegetable you will grow to love as a source of wonderful flavour and an array of micronutrients, minerals and trace elements most land vegetables would find hard to match!
Ingredients: Wakame (Undaria sp.) dried sea vegetable 100%.
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.
Ways to Eat Wild Wakame
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.
Directions: Cooking with Wakame:
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 significantly 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!
Difference between wild and farmed wakame?
Our wild wakame is harvested from New Zealand and comes straight from the ocean as a full, dry seaweed frond. It is seasonal so not always available throughout the year. The flavour is fuller than that of a farmed wakame but is more consistent. You may notice a white powder settled on the frond of a wild wakame seaweed. This is not mould, but the amino acid called glutamine, which naturally rises to the surface of the seaweed as it dries. This is what is said to give wakame it’s wonderful umami flavour.
Our farmed wakame comes from China and is tested according to our strict ANZ Food code, for contaminants. It has been blanched and chopped into smaller pieces which are perhaps a little easier to work with. As a farmed product, supply is not subject to seasonality. The flavour is milder than wild wakame, but more consistent.
How we harvest, test our pack our wild wakame seaweed
Our wakame is wild harvested, then air dried naturally 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.
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.
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