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Best Seaweed Flakes: Uses & Health Benefits

seaweed flakes can be used as rice topping, as a seasoning for your salads and soups and it is also used as a takoyaki ingredient, it can also be added to Japanese, Korean breakfast salads and soups and once you have the seaweed flakes you can use them as salt alternative.

As you might already know, seaweed is a common term for thousands of edible algae out there. I’m going to list Seaweed flakes that are commonly available and people use these Seaweed flakes for their health benefits and uses. 

Here is a quick list of Seaweed flakes that I am going to briefly talk about, specifically I will touch on their health benefits and uses. 

List of Algae Flakes

Seaweed and algae are the same things – algae is a Latin plural word of alga. Seaweed is an English word that is most commonly heard and read in the western world. Anyway, here a quick list of edible algae/seaweed flakes that are easily available in the local stores and online too.

  1. Dulse Flakes
  2. Wakame Flakes
  3. Kombu Flakes
  4. Nori Flakes 
  5. Kelp Cut/Flakes
  6. Hijiki Flakes
  7. Agar-agar Flakes
  8. Mixed Seaweed Flakes

If you have any questions after reading this post simply leave your comment below. 

Dulse Flakes

dulse seaweed flakes

Dulse seaweed is from red seaweed family. Dulse grows wildely and not cultivated. Adding Dulse Seaweed to a balanced diet can help one to boost their level of antioxidants they intake in the body as well as help the body with nutritional benefits. It is good source of dietary fiber and minerals and a few vitamins.

Wakame Flakes/cut

wakeme flakes
Wakame Flakes

Wakame seaweed is mostly a versatile seaweed in Japanese cuisine, it is used in soup, salad, and vegetables. Wakame comes from the brown seaweed family. Wakame is a rich source of minerals, vitamins, fatty-acids that help in weight management.

Kombu Flakes

kombu flakes stripes
Kombu Stripes

Kombu is a form of a high range of minerals and amino acids, also includes potassium, iodine, and vitamins. Kombu looks like an envelope because it has two layers, which can be opened. It is kept away from light and moisture so it lasts for several years.

kelp Cut/Flakes

kelp flakes
Kelp Flakes

Kelp contains a lot of antioxidants that protects skin against harmful UV rays and daily pollution. It also guards your skin against external aggressors. Protecting your skin from such harmful toxins will result in slowing down your aging process and your skin will feel younger for a longer period of time.

Hijiki Flakes

dried hijiki flakes
Hijiki available

Hijiki is green to brown in color, which is found in wild, and hijiki is from brown seaweed/algae family. Hijiki is harvested by Fisherman and a professional diver with a sickle at the time of low tide of the spring tide of March to May. The seaweed is boiled and dried after the collection and to be sold in the form of dried Hijiki. Helps in digestion, bone growth, and heart health.

Agar-agar Flakes

agar agar flakes

This red algae species is known by the name of umutgasari. It is very important species which is commonly found on the shallow coast of South Korea and Japan. This alga is used for making agar-agar.

Nori Flakes

A lot of people like to use nori flakes as garnish on rice bowl, noodle bowl, and even on soups. It is also served in breakfast.

Nori flakes

Mixed Seaweed Flakes

kaiso mix seaweed flakes
Kaiso Mix Seaweed Flakes

Mixed seaweed is also called Kaiso, which is a mixture of dried Wakame, Sugi-Nori, Wakame Stems, White Ear mushroom ( a sea vegetable ), Agar-Agar, etc. Please read the Kaiso Salad package before you buy it. It is used to make seaweed salad.

Seaweed Flakes for Rice Topping

wasabi furikake rice seasoning
Seaweed rice seasoning

In the market or at local Asian supermarket you can find seaweed flakes for rice topping. Which are generally mixture of assorted seaweed, sesame seeds, and dried fish flakes.

Seaweed Flakes for Seasoning

seaweed seasoning
Seaweed seasoning

If you don’t like to add salt to your meal; you can start using iodine rich seaweed as a salt alternative. In fact there are many company in the market that already selling seaweed seasoning, that are just assorted seaweed flakes.

Seaweed Flakes for Takoyaki

You can find readymade seaweed flakes to garnish your takoyaki. In the market you can find aonori which is nori flakes that is generally used to garnish many Japanese dishes.

Seaweed Flakes for Breakfast

Again if you are eating Japanese or Korian breakfast; you can find aonori and roasted nori sheet being served with breakfast.

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