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Wakame seaweed is a popular food that has been consumed in Japan since the Jomon period (14,000-300BC).

Momi Wakame is a nutritious organic product made of sun-dried and hand-crushed seaweed. Originally, it was consumed only in the Fukui region, but in the early part of the Showa period (1926-1989) it was successfully commercialized. Its principal manufacturing region, Fukui Prefecture, faces the Sea of Japan, and since ancient times the seaweed industry has thrived here.

This product is made of freshly harvested organic seaweed, so it abounds in rich ocean flavors. Sprinkled on rice, or used as an ingredient for rice balls, Momi Wakame is the perfect addition to liven up a rice dish. It is also a delicious topping for pasta, fried noodles, and okonomiyaki savory pancakes.

Wakame seaweed can be harvested only in spring, but the manufacturer offers it canned and in bottles, securing the delivery of fresh and delicious products throughout the year.

Price: ¥3,090 for three-can set, ¥3,980 for 900-milliliter bottle. Both are online prices.

Manufacturer: Fukui Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations in Fukui

(www.araumi.jp/)

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