Most people decide what they enjoy eating based on three senses in this order: sight, smell, and taste. The other deciding factor leading to strong opinions is the name of the food. For example, would a “happy meal” make kids as happy if it was merely titled, “boxed lunch”? Heck no. Therefore, let’s change the name of seaweed to something like ocean magic. Now let’s make that ocean magic into a cone. If devouring a seaweed cone is hard for you to swallow, knowing it is packed full of nutrients that are hard to find in other foods will convince you.
What is a (ocean magic) seaweed cone anyway?
The formal name for seaweed is nori, which means a sheer piece of seaweed. This type of roll is cone-shaped, with the ingredients being held within the outer layer of nori. The length is usually about 4″ long and eaten with the fingers almost immediately after it is made so that the crispness of the nori is maintained. It looks like an ice cream cone but deep green in color and fulfills the crunch that most appetites crave. There are several variations filling the cone itself, depending on the craving of the sushi-eater.
Those who have not learned to maneuver the chopsticks and sit at the “cool kids’ table” because of it, will enjoy this Americanized eating of the cone. It is important to eat it immediately since the seaweed has a crisp shelf-life of about ten minutes. Because it is filled with sushi rice and fish or shrimp, you can add a bit of soy sauce to the top of each bite if you wish. I have found that the harmony of the flavors, added to the crispness of the cone, does not require the added saltiness of the sauce. It is important to eat little bites of the cone along with bigger bites of the filling, making your way around it like an ice cream cone.
What are the health benefits of seaweed?
The cone is not only crisp and packed full of nutrients, but keeps the sticky rice from getting messy on your hands. Since chopsticks are not being used, it is easy to eat. This delicacy is most adored by health-food junkies or those with thyroid issues. The most advantageous nutrient in seaweed is iodine. Bodies need iodine to regulate the thyroid and metabolism. Iodine was added to salt (iodized salt) which has helped with regulation of the thyroid in some people, but for those with underactive thyroids, seaweed is the food of choice for that particular nutrient. It is also high in vitamin A, C and B12, and a host of other vitamins like calcium and potassium. Iodine can be found in most fruits and vegetables, but the percentage of those nutrients are at a very low dose compared to the punch-packed nutrients in seaweed. This is because the nutrients are based on the soil the fruits and vegetables are grown and soils have mass differences. However, seaweed absorbs the nutrients of the salt-water adding to the high content of so many beneficial vitamins for humans.
I know what you are thinking, “I get nutrients in the seaweed from a California roll so why would I want to eat it in a cone?” While eating sushi is healthy, the crispiness of the seaweed cone is a larger quantity and allows for a higher density of flavor and nutrients. Three bites of a banana are adding potassium to your body and are definitely good for you, but why not eat the whole banana? Same with the benefits of seaweed.
When the opportunity arises at your favorite sushi restaurant, ask for the (ocean magic) seaweed cone; your taste buds and your body will thank you.