"What is it about the sea? Powerful, Peaceful, Pure…..
Why do people watch the sea?
They watch it while it raging……
They watch it when it’s flat calm and peaceful.
What draws you to it?..... Purity."
~ Tom Roth

If you've ever stepped foot in the ocean or walked the beach after a storm or at low tide, you have already been introduced to seaweed. Strewn and tangled on the shoreline or drying and decaying in the sun, it does not make a lasting first impression. However, seen growing underwater in its natural environment, waving gracefully from side to side with the movements of the currents, it is a majestic sight that's hard to forget.

For a plant with such a humble name and origin, seaweed boasts an abundant storehouse of healthful nutrients. Other than needing some sunlight, seaweeds are self-sufficient in their environment; they can absorb everything they need to sustain life directly from the seawater that surrounds them.

Scientists know there is a secret to life in the sea, although they have never been able to identify this mysterious component. However, the earth's oceans not only make up nearly 70 percent of the planet's surface, they also absorb 70 percent of the sun's energy! And much of the solar (radiant) energy is absorbed by seaweeds. That's an amazing expanse of potential energy to be investigated as a vital source of nutrients!

The New York Times COOKING

Umami Is Often a Flavor Bomb. In This Creamy Pasta, It’s a Balm.

A versatile pantry staple in many cuisines, dried seaweed can lend a quiet savoriness to dishes, like this simple asparagus rigatoni.

The NY Times COOKING offered up The Creamiest Asparagus Pasta recipe ~ click for recipe!
Eric Kim of The New York Times wrote an article (excerpt below) about using seaweed to add subtle umami to dishes, and included a recipe for The Creamiest Asparagus Pasta that we're glad to share with you.

Both dasima (dried kelp) and gim (roasted seaweed) add seaside nuance to this pasta.Photo credit: Linda Xiao, The NY Times. Food Stylist: Monica Pierini.

In 1908, the Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda discovered that an amino acid called glutamate in kombu, or dried kelp, was responsible for the wonderful savoriness in his wife’s dashi, a stock that forms the basis of many dishes including miso soup, shabu shabu and okonomiyaki.

Because that unique flavor was not salty, sweet, sour or bitter, Professor Ikeda called this fifth taste “umami,” which roughly means “essence of deliciousness.” There is no perfect English translation.

Today, when we talk about umami in home cooking, we often think of the loud, tongue-latching savoriness of, say, a tomato sauce imbued with anchovies or deeply caramelized onions. Meatiness also comes to mind, appropriately: Umami is a specific taste that our tongues perceive when coming into contact with foods rich in glutamates, like grilled steak. It is found in dishes anchored to miso, mushrooms and fish sauce as well, where it detonates with the kind of big flavor that’s a reminder of the inherent goodness of eating.

But one thing to know: Umami doesn’t always land like a bomb.

Sometimes, it’s quiet and fuzzy at the edges, like a good sweater. Taste its subtlety in green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus, or in leafy kale, roasted until crisp like potato chips. The soft umami of dried seaweed — as in a well-balanced dashi — floats on the tongue with gentle savoriness. Salt can help accentuate its very best features.... Visit The New York Times COOKING to read the full article.

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Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie

Medical Medium recommends VitaminSea Organic Dulse Seaweed in Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie ~ click for full recipe!
The Medical Medium recommends using VitaminSea Organic Dulse Seaweed from the Atlantic coast in his Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie!

Click here for the full recipe with a detailed explanation of why to put each of the carefully selected ingredients into this healthy smoothie.

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Tom of VitaminSea Seaweed in the News

WMTW Channel 8 news article about the Maine shark attack
Click here to see the WMTW Channel 8 news article and video, Those working on the water still concerned after shark attack.

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