Travel Treats: Nori, Japan/Korea

Have you ever wondered what that the green stuff wrapped around your sushi is or what those dark
green flakes are over your ramen or rice bowl? Those are dried seaweed sheets known as nori which
is used in Japanese or Korean dishes. You’lloften find them stuck on rice balls, added to egg omelets,
sprinkled over rice, and more. Japan has been known to consume vast amounts of this foodstuff, putting
it in a large number of dishes that are often eaten everyday.

Nori is first seeded and farmed underwater for a bit until they grow to a certain length. Once it’s ready it
is checked for signs of infection or disease that may have been contracted during its vulnerable growth
stage before being washed in fresh water. From there, it is diced into tiny pieces, pressed into a frame
(similar to paper making), and then heated to form the green sheets. Sometimes, it is left to its natural salty
state but there are some which are infused with a variety of spices, sauces, or flavored powders.

These seaweed sheets aren’t only tasty but are packed with vitamins and minerals too. These include iodine,
niacin, vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B6, and a whole lot of protein. It also has properties that help prevent cholesterol
from building up and clogging your blood vessels. Aside from being paired with other dishes, Nori can be
consumed all by itself as a snack when flavored and treated in a variety of ways.