Healing Food Series - Healing Arame
What is Arame?
Arame is a dark sea vegetable (seaweed) native to Asia, South America, and European coastal waters.
Arame is enjoyed for its sweet, delicate and mild texture, compared to the other qualities of sea vegetables.
As it's one of the more delicate of the sea vegetables, it doesn’t require pre-soaking for cooking, and provides a mild sea vegetable taste for the someone venturing into cooking sea vegetables.
It also cooks faster than sea vegetables like Hiziki or Kombu, making it easier for the busy person wishing to maintain a healthy diet in a modern schedule.
It has numerous health benefits and as a consequence also has wonderful beauty benefits.
Arame has great health and nutritional benefits. A few of which I will outline for you today.
It’s an excellent source of plant-quality iron and calcium, so if you are low on any of these two, Arame is a good food to implement on your weekly meals.
As a consequence of being a great source of Iron and Calcium, Arame is good for the teeth and bones.
Arame is also very beneficial for the Circulatory system. In other words, if you want to support your heart, circulation and the entire circulatory system, incorporating arame in your diet/meals is a good health-conscious decision.
It is also beneficial to and sometimes used as an external remedy for women’s reproductive problems.
Arame also supports the growth of healthy Hair and Nails, making it a great food item in your make up bag, so to speak.
In the meal (how can I use it?):
Arame, being a sea vegetable, can be utilised in your cooking in many different ways. Here are some examples of how you can experiment with this delicious and nutritious seaweed (sea vegetable):
One can add Arame to your soups, such as a mixed vegetable soup or a miso soup (link to blog post about Miso and miso soups), or to stews. This works very well with Hiziki (link) also, a delicious sea vegetable thicker and meatier in quality and with lovely health benefits also.
2. You can have it in a Salad
Cooked first and added to a rice or grain salad with some vegetables and other goodness.
3. You can cook in a Casserole
One of my very favourite ways of eating it. Please follow the link to see the recipe. (link)
4. In a Scramble
Often a lovely way to incorporate it into your meal is to add it to a moc-egg scramble called scrambled tofu. It’s a delicious dish and a lovely savoury breakfast or quick lunch. (link to dish page).
5. As its Own Dish
And another wonderful way to eat Arame is to enjoy it as its own separate dish. Bellow, I have included a simple recipe that you can try at home.
One Example Of A Simple Arame Recipe:
1. Wash and drain 1 oz of Arame.
2. Sauté two half-moon sliced onions for 2-3 minutes, in sesame oil or in water if you chose not to utilise oil. Add a pinch of salt to bring out the liquid from the onion.
3. Add the Arame and enough water to cover the onions.
4. Add sweet corn to the pot, once you have added the Arame.
5. Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and add 1 teaspoon of Shoyu (Good Quality Soya sauce (Link to a bit about Shoyu page)
6. Cover the pot and simmer for 40-50 minutes.
7. Add more Shoyu if needed, depending on your taste preference (not too salty though, considering the sea weed also has iodine (salt) in it). Then simmer for another 15-20mins.
8. You can also add a little bit of Mirin (brown rice wine for cooking) or Brown rice syrup, for a slightly sweet taste with the salty flavour.
9. Mix and stir until the liquid has evaporated, and then enjoy.
This dish is delicious with some brown rice and for instance pumpkin or butternut squash. Or with many other alternatives. Try it for yourself!
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