Sushi 101: All You Need to Know about the Sushi Seaweed
Sushi has a huge fan following. People all over the world are super enthusiastic about this famous Japanese cuisine item.
However, not a lot of people know about its history and its origin and in this post we cover just that. While you are already familiar with the rice rolls that essentially make up sushi, we will start with the sushi seaweed also called as Nori.
Nori is Japanese for dried seaweed sheets that you can eat. They are made using different types of red algae and their manufacturing process is actually pretty complicated.
The Nori Making Process:
There are proper Nori harvesting farms where it is grown. Once they are harvested they are washed thoroughly using nothing but fresh water. Afterwards, the freshly washed Nori is fed to a shredding machine. The shredded Nori is then mixed again with fresh water and this mixture is poured into another machine which is responsible for draining the water from the Nori.
The drained Nori is then placed over a hot surface. This is where it dries and eventually turns into a dried sheet. The dried Nori is to be immediately sealed using cellophane because if it is kept out in the open for long, it will begin to lose its moisture and this negatively affects their quality.
The packed and sealed Nori is then shipped to wherever their destinations may be.
Nori varies in quality as well as types. Quality wise, the cheaper ones are mostly produced in China whereas the more high quality ones are produced in Japan. Speaking in terms of the types, Nori can be found in two forms: raw and toasted.
The toasted Nori can be had just like that whereas the raw one will have to be toasted first before you can eat it.
The Benefits of Nori:
Turns out that eating Nori can have several benefits. Reading these benefits, you will probably understand why the Japanese can’t seem to have enough of them.
Nori is super nutritious. It is packed with several important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A, B and C are also present in abundance. Nori is also rich a source of iodine as well as protein. Several nutritionists believe that Nori can be very good for lowering cholesterol.
It is speculated that Nori may also have something to do with lowering obesity and increase the lifespan! What’s the proof? The people who eat it the most: the Japanese! Do you know that the obesity rate in Japan as low as just 3.2%? This is definitely shocking since in most parts of the world the obesity level is alarmingly high.
Japanese men and women also tend to be the ones with the highest life expectancy as compared to the rest. Their super active lifestyle may be one reason which keeps them fit and healthy so that they are able to live to a ripe old age, but we all know that your diet also tends to be a huge contribution to your health!