Kelp

Kelp, a very important ingredient in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines is the common name for the large, leafy brown algae (seaweeds) commonly found under the oceans. Through the 19th century, the word "kelp" was closely associated with seaweeds that could be burned to obtain soda ash. Today, kelp is known for its benefits as a food additive and dietary supplement.   Kelps grow in underwater "forests" in shallow oceans. The organisms require nutrient-rich water and are known for their high growth rate. The Giant Pacific Kelp, used in Japanese cooking under the name 'kombu', gro..

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