Eden Instant Wakame Flakes is the finest wakame grown off northeast Japan in Arctic currents. Eden Instant Wakame Flakes are supplied by the Riken Company that has an established reputation of producing the finest wakame in the world since 1917. Today, most wakame originates in China and Korea and is very inferior to this wakame. The variety of wakame used to make Eden Instant Wakame Flakes is affectionately referred to as 'Sanriku san' meaning top quality and highly valued. Wakame is one of the most popular sea vegetables in Japan and the United States today.
This wakame is hand harvested from February to April by farmers in boats using long poles with blades attached to cut the fronds loose. Long handle rakes are used to gather the fronds of wakame as it floats to the surface. The fronds are taken ashore and sun dried. To make Eden Instant Wakame Flakes the dried wakame is first washed and then simmered in salt water at 190°F. for about thirty seconds to replicate the method used for centuries of washing it in sea water. This turns the wakame from brown to green. After simmering it is immersed in ice water to remove as much salt as possible. It is cut taking out the main rib and the leaf tips are trimmed. It is rinsed again to further reduce the sodium before air drying to form tiny, tight curls of dried wakame. Twenty-five (25) processes are employed from leaf to flakes and seventeen (17) of them are to remove any foreign material. None of the steps reduce nutrient content. The washing, trimming, and cleaning produces a more instantly usable wakame that is convenient, quick and easy. No more home washing, soaking, or trimming. Eden Wakame Flakes are fat and cholesterol free, and low in sodium.
Wakame Undaria pinnatifida is a long, delicate, brown species of algae or sea vegetable with leaves that resemble feathers. Its size and tenderness varies depending on where it grows as water temperature and ocean conditions greatly influence the texture, flavor, nutrients, and cooking quality of the wakame. It first became known in the United States as the green in Miso soup. Eden Instant Wakame Flakes are quickly restored to tenderness by soaking for 2 to 3 minutes for use in marinated dishes, casseroles and salads. For soups, broth and stews no soaking is necessary, simply place in the cooking water.
Eden Instant Wakame Flakes are low in sodium, contain no fat or calories. Because it is high in iodine it was traditionallly an important food in Japan for the prevention of goiter. Like kombu and other brown algae, wakame contains glutamine, a sweet amino acid that acts as a flavor enhancer and softening agent when cooked with other foods. Its alginic acid, a polysaccharide similar to pectin found in land plants, protects the plant from bacteria and fungi. Scientific research conducted by McGill University, in Canada demonstrated that "alginic acid binds with heavy metals in the body, from all sources, renders them insoluble and causes them to be eliminated."
Eden Instant Wakame Flakes are pure and natural. Unlike many wakame producers, we do not use artificial methods of cultivation, harvesting, or softening agents such as enzymes or monosodium glutamate. Eden Instant Wakame Flakes are of superior quality and have severe uniformity. It holds its shape and texture well when soaked or cooked without becoming slippery or dissolving.