Updated: November 30, 2017
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Kombu Seaweed: What Is It And Why You Should Be Eating It Already (Recipes Included)

Konbu seaweed is a very common ingredient in Japanese cuisine! Its versatility, its umami taste, and its important health benefits are the many reasons you should start consuming this incredible sea vegetable if you haven't already tried it!

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Kombu Seaweed

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What is kombu?

Konbu comes from the Japanese word 昆布 and is a form of edible kelp. It is widely used in Japanese cooking and can be used in a variety of ways (in broths, pickled, eaten fresh, deep-fried, etc.).
Konbu gives a nice "umami" taste to broths, its taste and versatility are widely appreciated across the world. What is more, it's suited for vegans as well!


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Kombu is commonly used in Japanese cuisine because of its distinctive taste and its many health benefits. Kombu is nicknamed "the King of Seaweed", let's find out why!

Kombu Health Benefits

Kombu improves thyroid function because of its high iodine content, in fact, it has the highest iodine content among seaweeds. Glutamic acid is naturally present in Kombu, which gives it an "umami" flavor. Kombu is also well-known for aiding digestion and reducing gas. It also contains calcium and iron, the latter helps to fight anemia. Kombu also helps to purify the blood, detoxify and with weight-loss, and most importantly, it is famous for being an anti-cancer food!

How to Cook Kombu?

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Kombu stock recipe

-4-6 cups of water
-6 inch piece of dried kombu

1.Put the kombu in the water and let it soak for about 15-20 minutes.
2.Bring it to a simmer over medium heat (uncovered).
3.Take the kombu out of the pot, and save it for another time.

This recipe is incredibly simple and can serve as a base for many kinds of soups or hot pots! Kombu can be used 2-3 times before being thrown out.

Yudofu (Hot Tofu Recipe)

Please click on the link below for the recipe.


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Kombu, "the Kind of Seaweed" is delicious and healthy! You should try these recipes at home! Let us know what you thought of if in the facebook comments!
Lili Wanderlust
I love traveling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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