Seaweed

Nature makes it incredibly nutritious, we make it incredibly delicious.

We love seaweed! It not only tastes great, it’s also loaded with nutritional value. In fact, seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet. Yep. Seaweed is a vegetable. Some people even call it sea lettuce. Kids and adults in Asian cultures have been eating their sea vegetables for centuries, enjoying it’s taste, texture, and many health benefits.

What makes the taste of roasted seaweed so amazingly good? Umami, it’s a savory flavor so mouthwatering and unique that it doesn’t fit into the four basic taste groups. You might know umami from eating nori, the kind of seaweed used as a wrap for sushi. Now umami is so popular it’s considered to be the fifth basic taste, right up there with the four other biggies your tongue knows and loves. 

    

Q: What’s so great about seaweed?
A: Iron, fiber, beta carotene, calcium, sustainability, umami. Treat your tastebuds and get ready to say, “Oooh, Mommy! gimMe more!”

Q: What vegetable is harvested in the winter (unlike most vegetables) when it’s got the most flavor?
A: Seaweed! Yep. Seaweed is a vegetable.

Q: Is it impolite to say gimMe, gimMe, gimMe?
A: Nope. Not when you’re talking seaweed. “gim” in Korean means “seaweed”. gimMe means “MORE seaweed!”

Q: What kind of farmers never plant a single seed in the soil or ever have to water their crops?
A: Seaweed farmers!

Q: What three things does seaweed need to grow up healthy and delicious?
A: Seawater under certain temperatures and enough sunlight to drive photosynthesis (Look it up, it’s really cool!)

Q: What are the five basic tastes that your tongue can sense?
A: Sweet, bitter, sour, salty, and umami. (Umami is the the flavor of—you guessed it—seaweed!)

Q: If seaweed snacks are made from red algae (ours are!), then why do they look so green?
A: Red algae looks red in the ocean because of its phycobiliproteins which attract and capture light energy used in photosynthesis. When red algae is harvested and dried, it loses its red color but keeps all its green nutrients.

Q: What’s the coolest, wildest, most incredibly delicious way to eat crispy yummy roasted seaweed?
A: Sprinkled over ice cream!

Q: What do green sea turtles eat?
A: Primarily algae, seagrass, and, of course, seaweed! Did you know that a healthy sea turtle can live to be over 100 years old? That’s why turtles symbolize longevity in many cultures.

Q: What exactly is seaweed?
A: Seaweed is actually algae. In more appetizing words, it’s a nutritious vegetable that grows in the sea. The specific variety of seaweed that we use to make our gimMe roasted seaweed is known as red seaweed or Nori.

Q: Is seaweed healthy to eat?
A: Yes! Seaweed offers the broadest range of minerals of any food on the planet, containing 10-20 times the mineral concentration of land plants, plus it’s high in protein and fiber. That’s why a serving can be only 25-100 calories and packed with flavor and nutrients. Seaweed is an excellent source of iodine and vitamin K and a very good source of folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Seaweed also contains measurable amounts of vitamins C and E, which help the absorption of all the other good stuff.

Q: What gives seaweed its unique umami flavor?
A: Nature. Seaweed has a natural salty-sweet flavor that makes it taste so unique—and so good.

Q: Is gimMe seaweed organic?
A: gimMe roasted seaweed snacks are certified organic by QAI, a USDA-accredited certifying agency.

Q: Is gimMe seaweed non GMO?
A: gimMe roasted seaweed snacks are verified Non-GMO by NON GMO Project.

Q: Why is organic seaweed healthier?
A: Certified organic means that no chemicals or pesticides were used in growing, harvesting, or processing our seaweed. We take great care to grow our seaweed in a protected region off the coast of South Korea. The protected nature of the water where we grow our seaweed allows gimMe seaweed snacks to be USDA certified organic.

Q: Is your seaweed gluten free?
A: Yes! We are certified by the GFCO.

Q: Is your seaweed vegan?
A: Seaweed is naturally vegan. All of our Roasted Seaweed Snacks and Seaweed Chips are vegan.

Q: What is the shelf-life of your seaweed?
A: One year and it’s printed on each package.

Q: Where is your seaweed grown?
A: We cultivate our seaweed in a protected region off the coast of South Korea. This area is historically known for producing the highest quality seaweed in the world.

Q: How is your roasted seaweed snacks processed?
A: Our seaweed is processed very simply. After seaweed is harvested, we dry it, roast it with oils and seasonings and—that's it!

Q: How much iodine is in each serving?
A: Our roasted seaweed snacks have about 50 micro grams per serving. That’s about 31% of daily value. The daily value of Iodine is 160 mcg.

Q: What are the benefits of iodine?
A: Iodine controls the functioning of thyroid glands in human body, which in turn has a significant influence on the metabolic processes in the body. It helps in the optimal utilization of calories, thereby preventing its storage as excess fat.

Q: Is it allergen free?
A: No, some products contain soy, sesame, and/or corn starch. Please check the ingredient list of the products.

Q: Do you do regular testing on our seaweed snack to monitor lead and radiation level?
A: Yes, we are testing lead once a month for the finished products. The radiation test is done once a year for raw materials.

Q: Do we offer coupons?
A: No, please like us on Facebook to learn about promotions on our products.

Q: Are the wrappers or inside trays recyclable?
A: The wrapper is not recyclable but the plastic tray is recyclable.

Q: Why do a lot of seaweed taste fishy and ours doesn't?
A: The most important is the quality of seaweed and then the balance of seasoning.

Q: Does any of your products contain MSG?
A: Not at all.

Q: Are all of your products processed in the same facility?
A: No, our chips are made in California and seaweed snacks are made in South Korea.

Q: Are your products processed in the same facility as products containing tree nuts?
A: No, our Roasted Seaweed Snacks and Seaweed Chips are produced in nut-free factories.

Q: Are your products kosher?
A: Our chips are now kosher and we are working on making our roasted seaweed snacks kosher as well.

Q: What specific type of seaweed are your products made from?
A: The scientific name is “Porphyra Yezonensis,” a kind of red seaweed. The common name is Nori.

Q: How is your product certified organic if it is grown in waters with known pollutants?
A: Certified organic means that no chemicals or pesticides were used in growing, harvesting, or processing our seaweed. We take great care to grow our seaweed in a protected region off the coast of South Korea. The protected nature of the water where we grow our seaweed allows gimMe seaweed snacks to be USDA certified organic.

Q: Are your products safe for dogs to eat?
A: Yes, some dogs love to eat seaweed.

Q: Can I ship to/purchase your products in Australia?
A: Our distributor Unique is expanding distribution in Australia every day. Please contact Bhima Parkes for more information: int.purchasing@uhp.com.au

Q: Do your products contain soy?
A: Yes, our teriyaki flavored products contain soy.