This fine Japanese wakame is cultivated in the Naruto Strait between the Shikoku and Awaji Islands. Strong currents and whirlpools strengthen it. Washed, cooked, cut, dried, and ready to use without soaking right out of the bag for miso soup. Soak briefly for salads, it expands 20 times. Quick, versatile, and easy. Wakame is one of the most popular sea vegetables in Japan and the U.S.A. Mild flavor. Fat free and low sodium.