Nori Flakes (Porphyra umbilicalis) – Dried Herb, Organic


SKU: 12487

Nori is an edible seaweed in red algae family often cultivated in the chilly, shallow intertidal zones of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Nori has been cultivated  in Japan for at least 1300 years and is still cultivated on the far side of Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture, but the most important production areas in Japan are in Kyushu and around the Ariake Sea.

In the wild Nori resembles lettuce leaves, which are very thin, the fronds are just one cell thick and are almost translucent ranging from red to dark brown to reddish purple. This seaweed is also called “lavar” in the British Isles and considered a staple in local seaside towns. Laver is also commonly eaten with bacon and cockles, which is a traditional Welsh breakfast dish. Nori is best known for being a sea vegetable that holds together sushi rolls and is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine.

Nori is considered nutritious being rich in carotenes, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin K, folate, iodine, iron, protein, omega 3 and 6, potassium and calcium.

Nori has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine to clear heat, transform phlegm, soften hardness, and dissipate nodules and to promote urination and reduce oedema.


The taste and energetics of Nori are nutty, sweet, salty, cooling and astringent. Nori has an affinity to the endocrine system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, kidneys, heart, blood and skin.

How to use:

Nori Flakes are one of the easiest ways to cook with and eat seaweed. Nori flakes make a popular addition to salads, soups and broths; or use in a broth to top fried tofu or noodles (Ramen).

Cautions & contraindications:

Seaweeds contain naturally high levels of iodine. This product is harvested from the sea and may contain occasional shell fragments. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to fish or shellfish.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.

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