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 Kelp Powder is wild harvested from NZ's pristine waters and naturally dried to preserve all its goodness.
Kelp is sought after for it's rich iodine content and is a positive alternative to salt
Kelp also contains Umami, an amino-acid said to lift all flavours
Kelp Granules add body & flavour to soups, stews and gravies or can be sprinkled on food as a seasoning
Kelp is a leathery, deep-water seaweed with a naturally salty taste and very high concentrations in minerals
Kelp is classified as a Brown Algae, the seaweed group that generally boast the highest iodine levels, and unique compounds like algin, fucoidan and Laminarin, which have built a reputation for their positive effects on degenerative diseases. Known as 'Kombu' by the Japanese, the word 'kelp' encompasses a whole family of seaweeds including many different varieties, with unique tastes, colours and textures.
Pacific Harvest chose Ecklonia radiata (also called North Island Kelp), for its mild flavour and speckled colour. Pacific Harvest kelp comes from untouched areas of the North Island of New Zealand, mainly Wairarapa. It is harvested by hand from the wild, cleaned by hand, naturally dried and milled into powder and granules.
Kelp powder is ideal in baking to add nutrition & depth of flavour or used as a supplement in smoothies or cereals.
Pacific Harvest Kelp is wild-harvested sustainably from designated coastal areas in New Zealand and 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.
A practical way to use: Kelp is simply as a seasoning/supplement. Kelp Granules look like cracked pepper and can be used as seasonings &/or nutritional supplement in soups, stews and other simmering dishes. Kelp granules release their goodness during cooking, add flavour, tenderise and add texture to the gravy. The crunchy texture of the granules straight out of the jar readily subsides when absorbing moisture from surrounding ingredients.