Saccharina latissima L.
Plant Family: Laminariaceae
Kombu is an edible kelp that is widely eaten in East Asia. This species is extensively cultivated on ropes in the seas of Japan and Korea. With the development of this cultivation technology, over 90% of Japanese kombu is cultivated, mostly in Hokkaido, but also as far south as the Seto Inland Sea. While Kombu cultivation techniques originated in Japan, our Kombu is cultivated off the coast of Maine. Kombu is used extensively in Japanese cuisine as one of the three main ingredients needed to make dashi, a soup stock. Interestingly, genetically manipulated E. coli bacteria can digest kombu into ethanol, making it a possible maritime biofuel source.
Uses And Preparations
Added to soups and stocks, used in sushi making- both in the preparation of the rice and in the rolls themselves. “Kombucha” or “seaweed tea” is a beverage brewed from dried kombu. This is sometimes confused with “kombucha,” the English name for the fermented and sweetened tea originally from China and Russia.
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