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 NZ Wild Wakame Leaves are dried naturally to preserve nutrients. When used to wrap food, it adds nutrition, flavour and preserves moisture during cooking. Classified as a ‘brown seaweed’, Wakame is also called 'Asian Kelp' and is not native to NZ. Easy to prepare, nutritious and versatile, it suits both Asian & Western type dishes. As a result, it has built a reputation as one of the sweeter tasting sea vegetable.
New Zealand Wakame Leaves have a mild flavour and pleasing texture
It is widely used in miso soup and for seaweed salads and has been enjoyed in Asia for centuries
Pacific Harvest carries 2 varieties of Wakame, NZ Wild Leaves and Farmed
They harvest their NZ Wakame Leaves by hand and dry them whole to suit a wide range of culinary applications
The white powder that covers the surface of the dried leaves is called ‘Umami’, a Japanese word to describe the 'fifth taste'. Umami is actually an amino-acid that rises to the surface of the plant as it dries; chefs prize it for its ability to naturally enhance & balance flavours in a dish.
Pacific Harvest NZ Wild Wakame Leaves are harvested in the North Island of New Zealand and are 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.
Wakame: Is one of the most popular & most delicious seaweeds you can have. It is incredibly versatile and can be easily re-hydrated back to its original state in a matter of minutes, developing a beautiful green colour & expanding about 10 times its dried size. The texture is silky & visually appealing and its delicate taste makes it easy to include in a variety of dishes. Whether you are into the traditional miso soup, Asian soups or salad, our Farmed Wakame will make the dish.
Wakame is also delicious in more western-type preparations like greens stir-fry, grain salads and even baking. A cousin of the Atlantic seaweed Alaria, it is suited to the same applications; it is also similar to spinach or other green leafy vegetables in the way it can be used. When used in soups & salads, it is not always necessary to re-hydrate the fronds/pieces. Used straight out of the packet, it will pick up moisture from the surrounding ingredients and preserve a bit of crunch which is nice.