Although packaged arame is similar to hijiki in appearance, arame is a species of kelp, and more closely related to wakame and kombu. Arame has a sweet, mild flavor and crisp texture.
Emerald Cove Pacific Arame is gathered off the Ise peninsula, the site of one of Japan's most famous shrines. It grows approximately 20 feet below the low tide level, and is harvested in late summer by women divers. After harvesting, arame is sun-dried, washed, and soaked in fresh water, then steamed and soaked in the still-hot cooking water for as long as twelve hours. The arame is then drained, pressed, cut into slivers, and sun-dried a final time before being packaged.
Arame is a fat-free food
Arame is a good source of calcium
Recipe: Arame -Soba Noodles
1 cup lightly packed Emerald Cove Arame
1-8 oz pkg Organic Planet Organic Soba noodles
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1 clove minced garlic (optional)
1 cup carrots, sliced into matchsticks
3 Tbsp corn kernels
½ cup spring water
4 Tbsp soy sauce, 4 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 2 Tbsp brown rice vinegar.