This kelp contains more mannitol, which is a natural sugar molecule that gives this kelp a slightly sweeter taste. Sugar kelp (Digitata) has been considered a health food in Asia, and contains the highest amount of iodine which is needed for the natural development cycle. Broths and soup stocks are often enhanced by the natural flavor and sugar kelp provides a low sodium replacement for salt on pop-corn.Nutritional ValuesContains abundant levels of iodine so consume small to moderate quantities. Rich in protein, vitamins A, B,C, D, E, and K, calcium, magnesium, carotene, potassium, iron, zinc, and germanium (a powerful skin healing nutrient).Culinary UsesSugar Kelp (Digitata) is the essential ingredient in dashi broth and can be used to enhance the flavor of almost any dish. Kelps contain sodium glutamate, often referred to as 'natural MSG'. Use dried, fresh, roasted, pan fried, pickled, boiled, marinated, and candied. Use in sauces, marinates, and salad dressings. Mix with seasonings for great 'rub' for your meats. Cook with other vegetables, rice, beans, and grains. Added to beans will help them become more digestible. Don't wipe off the white residue that often appears on the surface, it's precipitated salts and sugars and is full of flavor!Latin NameLaminaria digitataBe sure to learn about Maine's red seaweed, brown seaweed and green seaweed. Also, learn about seaweed nutrition - each species of seaweed holds different nutritional values.