REVIEW OF: Wakame Seaweed Snacks
Prepared by: Minh
“Definition: Wakame is a thin and stringy seaweed, deep green in color and used in making seaweed salad and miso soup. Wakame is common in Japanese and other Asian cuisines.”1
“Minh is a second generation raw & living food chef, she was born in Viet Nam in 1950 into a humble and loving Buddhist family, she is the youngest of eight children. At a very young age Minh began learning which plants were edible and which were not, how to find food and medicines in the jungle and how to use them.”2
When I attended the Raw Spirit Festival in Prescott, Arizona last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Minh and her husband Ronnie, an Essene Philosopher . I was shocked to find out that this vibrant, energetic couple was at least ten (10) years older than I thought. It was an honor to speak with them a dozen times before the weekend was over, and learned all about their products and their life stories.
They told me all about the caí bao, a tool for slicing vegetables into thin strips or other decorative designs, the noodler tool that allows you to cut coconut meat, cucumbers, mangos and other foods into “noodle” shapes. Then they offered me a sample of a black crunchy food.
I was a little skeptical to try a food I had never tried, but my job as a food critic is to try it, so I did. WOW!!! What a surprise. The wakame was crunchy like a potato chip, a food I have missed since going raw. It was slightly salty, and had a very pleasant garlic taste. It was WONDERFUL!! Do not tell Ronnie and Minh, but the main reason I went back to the booth so many times was to get the free samples. I probably ate a whole bag on my own.
I was even more surprised to find out that wakame is a very healthy superfood, containing the same basic components as human blood. One (1) ounce of wakame contains 20% of the recommended daily allowance of manganese, 14% of the folate, and 52.6 mgs of Omega-3. It is also very low in calories, has a low glycemic load and is mildly anti-inflammatory.
They were selling the bags of marinated, dehydrated wakame for $5 a bag, and it was well worth the price. So many raw products are overpriced because of the selected market, but I felt that this product was well worth the price. Since arriving home, I have ordered ten (10) bags for friends and myself. I eat it plain for a snack, crumble it over salads, and use it as a crunchy seasoned topping for a vegetable pâté.
I highly recommend this product to my friends, and compliment Ronnie and Minh on developing a snack that is both good for you and pleasant to eat.
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