What it is: Kelp is a brownish seaweed that has quite a few varieties and uses – from fuel through to food. It’s a common part of traditional Japanese cooking and is used in quite a few different dishes. It can be eaten fresh, dried or processed into thin sheets to serve as a wrapping on rice.
How it tastes: Kelp has a salty, fresh flavor. Many types are sold with added spices and flavors depending on preference. The fresh seaweed sometimes has a slightly rubbery taste.
Tips: Kelp is full of vitamins and minerals – it makes a great snack if you want a healthy alternative to normal highly processed foods.