Pacific Harvest is New Zealand's number one producer of the most popular seaweeds from NZ and worldwide. Seaweeds are prized for their health-giving properties & their culinary versatility. Pacific Harvest plants are largely unprocessed and tested for contaminants.
Pacific Harvest is an innovative producer of fine edible seaweed products in New Zealand. They offer an extensive range of seaweeds indigenous to NZ and other oceans around the world. Their passion for seaweed has them focus equally on producing high quality products that are easy to use and preserving their outstanding health properties. Their product range cover a wide variety of applications, from seasoning to garnish, soup & salads and even ingredients for dessert. Most seaweeds are wild harvested & dried naturally to preserve all the nutrients. Seaweeds keep a long time dried, without need for preservative. Unlike land plants, they will re-hydrate to their original colour & texture, expanding 5-10 times in the process. Largely unprocessed, they are tested for contaminants and cleaned / packed by hand.
Seaweeds have been prized for centuries for their superb nutrition. They are recognised as a nutritional powerhouse, providing all the essential elements necessary to good health. In particular, they are widely recognised for their iodine content, their fatty acid ratio favouring Omega 3 and the unique properties of their sulfated-polysaccharide fibers. Each plant provides a unique nutritional balance of these nutrients. Seaweeds are an important source of unique nutrients in the vegetarian diet as they contain elements otherwise mostly available in fish & meat.
Although they have been used as a staple by many coastal nations prior to the great wars, it is only recently that the Western World has re-discovered their culinary potential. Seaweeds come in a great variety of colours, textures & flavours and are easy to integrate in one's diet. They are prized by Chefs around the world for their Umami flavour, their visual appeal and versatility in the kitchen. A small amount suffices to take advantage of their nutritional value and the much sought-after Umami flavour.
Pacific Harvest Kombu Strips are simply kelp dried whole, Japanese style. Dashi Kombu, the strip is thick & flavourful and lends itself perfectly to stock making. Kombu is simply kelp dried whole and cut in pieces. Kombu Leaves are attached to the central section of the plant; they are more pliable and lend themselves to wrapping food for cooking.
Kelp is a leathery deep-water sea vegetable from the Brown Seaweed Group, with a naturally salty taste, with a lot less sodium than salt and a better balance of minerals. Known as 'Kombu' by the Japanese, the word 'kelp' encompasses a whole family of seaweeds including many different varieties, with unique taste, colour and texture.
Pacific Harvest uses Ecklonia radiata (also called North Island Kelp), because of its mild flavour. Our kelp comes from untouched areas around the country, mainly around Gisborne & Wairarapa. It is harvested sustainably by hand from the wild, after a storm has detached the plant from the kelp forest. It is cleaned by hand in sea water so to not leach the minerals, and then naturally dried.
Pacific Harvest NZ Kombu is tested for contaminants.
Seaweed generally - and Kelp especially - are a rich source of natural iodine. Each specie has a unique level of iodine so please consult the label to determine serving size. In NZ the RDI (recommended daily intake) for iodine is 150mcg.
Consume in small quantities to stay within the RDI for iodine.
People with thyroid disorders or sensitivities to iodine should consult their health practitioner before consuming this product.
Kombu Strips: Lend themselves well to making full-bodied Dashi (stock) used in Miso soup and other traditional dishes. Kelp/Kombu is a must for all types of soup stocks, enriching flavour and nutrition.