Among all the sea vegetables, it contains the highest levels of nutrients. One sheet contains as much fiber as one cup of spinach. More Omega 3 than one cup of avocado. Two sheets of regular sized nori (not the one picture above with Magnus) equals to Vitamin B12 contained in 500 grams of pork. It also contains calcium equal to 600 cc milk or that of one egg.
Needless to say (and not because I grew up on eating it), I am a big fan.
It is unfortunate most people know then under the term ‘seaweed’ implying weeds – something that is not of value, to be discarded, worthless. Nicer sounding when referred to as ‘sea vegetables’, no?
Nori is perhaps the easiest to eat and the most consumed in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West. It is the paper-thin black seaweed that sushi is wrapped in. Many people have grown used to them, despite perhaps an initial aversion (I remember expressions of sheer shock and disgust back in the 80’s when friends at my New Jersey elementary school discovered my family ate seaweed – they still had a lot to discover in dismay after that, as we also ate all sorts of strange things like raw sea urchins or eggs of flying fish…).
Nori is sold all health food stores, Whole Foods, Trader-Joe’s and in many supermarkets today.
Most of all, children love them. They gobble them up like you would not believe.
The texture, when toasted or roasted, is more crunchy than a potato chip, with the thin shreds dissolving in your mouth after a few bites of wrestling the broken up pieces within your teeth. Kids can snack on them as they would crackers or popcorn, and they are getting a serious session of essential-vitamins/minerals-power-boost without even knowing it.
Nori comes in different size and shapes, and Trader Joe’s carries great snack-size packages of Korean-style nori (flavored and salted).
I usually buy the large Japanese nori sheets from Whole Foods – pictured with Magnus – because they come unflavored and unsalted. They are usually not as crunchy as the Korean-style nori, but I roast them quickly in the oven, sprinkle salt (or not) and they are just as crunchy without containing too much salt.
If you have doubts about your own child liking seaweed, please try it once. Chances are that they will love it.
2 Large Japanese Sushi-style Nori
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Place nori sheets, sprinkle with salt and roast for 2-4 minutes. Not more. They should be light and crunchy.
4. Let cool and serve.