Kombu Seaweed Strips are made from the stipe of kelp seaweed. This kombu was harvested from the North Island of NZ, dried naturally to preserve nutrients and tested for contaminants.
Add nutritious, flavourful Kombu Strips to infuse stocks and soups, or add umami, salty and sweet flavour to fish and meat. Cut Kombu into strips and stir fry for a healthy snack. Infuse drinks for a unique umami flavour. It’s not easy to find a vegan source of umami but the Japanese have mastered the art of flavour, and Kombu is a key ingredient in any Japanese cooking.
The white powder you see on the dried Kombu strip if an amino acid called glutamine. This is what is said to give Kombu’s it’s wonderful natural umami flavour and is not to be confused with mould.
How to Use Kombu Seaweed Strips?
Soak a Kombu strip in tepid and gradually warm allowing the nutrients and flavour to seep into the water. Then use this flavourful, nutrient enriched infused water as the base of your stock. There are a number of traditional and modern recipe options here. Make up a broth or stock and freeze for future use, or if you have more liquid than you require, use the kombu infused water for a natural restorative facial, or water your plants with it.
Benefits of Kombu Seaweed?
Kombu strips are cut from Kelp which is a brown seaweed. Kelp is widely regarded as the best natural, most concentrated source of 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. This Harvard study encourages improving diet before taking nutritional supplements because most nutrients are more potent when they come from food, and they are accompanied by many nonessential but beneficial nutrients, such as hundreds of carotenoids, flavonoids, minerals, and antioxidants that aren’t in most supplements. Additionally, food tastes better and is often cheaper than nutritional supplements!
In addition to iodine, Kelp offers a range of other nutrients (such as calcium and magnesium) and beneficial compounds including Alginates, fucoidan, laminarins and lignans.
This is our starter pack. If you are already a super-user, consider our hospitality size. We have a wide range of other products containing New Zealand Kelp. Do 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.
Ingredients: Kelp (Ecklonia radiata) dried seaweed 100%.
160 servings per pack