There are around 40,000 algae known to us today. Of these, at least 160 can be used in the kitchen.Algae-Super Vegetables From The Sea
Usually get 3-5 types: Nori, Kombu, Wakamé and often Dulse and Hijiki. While in Asia you get algae mainly as a fresh product, they are usually only available dried.
Why Are Algae So Healthy?
Although algae have a high content of carbohydrates and proteins, these nutrients can only be partially absorbed as they are only partially digested by humans.
In addition, algae contain only low fat, but a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids , which are easier to digest than the saturated fatty acids. However, algae are rich in minerals and trace elements as well as vitamins – including calcium, potassium, magnesium , zinc, selenium and iron as well as vitamins A , C, E and folic acid.
When buying algae you also do not have to worry about possible pollutants. The algae, which are offered in the trade, are always bred algae and pollutant-free.
How Do I Use Algae?
The uses are very versatile. So you can use most algae like spinach. But even raw in the salad algae are excellent. As a basis for a fish soup or a stew with fish algae are also ideal.
Of course you can also use them in the classic way, as everyone knows, for sushi. The nori algae, which is mainly used for sushi, is also suitable for nibbling.
The Kombu algae, for example, is perfectly suitable as a spice due to its spicy-smoky taste. Crushed as a salt substitute scattered over dishes, this not only tastes great, but looks beautiful too.
But you have to make sure that you do not eat too much algae.
Algae contain a lot of iodine , which is needed in our population to prevent the widespread iodine deficiency, but not to that extent. Asians are used to high iodine consumption, we are not.
The nori seaweed is not so high in iodine content that you can safely enjoy in moderation!
Other algae are advised to immerse them in water beforehand to flush out the iodine or even boil it out. This is especially recommended for kombu algae. 100g fresh algae contain about 50 micrograms of iodine.
For comparison: The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) recommends a maximum daily intake of 200 micrograms of iodine.
Where Do I Get Algae From?
The supermarkets have not yet taken up all the trend of algae. But in Asia markets and delis, as well as in many health food stores, there are algae in every form to buy. Dried, as a powder and sometimes even fresh.
Image Sours: Pixabuy