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. 

    

Fun Not-So-Frequently-Asked Questions—for Kids!

Who in the world eats seaweed?
What vegetable is harvested in the winter (unlike most vegetables) when it’s got the most flavor?
Is it impolite to say gimme, gimme, gimMe?
What kind of farmers never plant a single seed in the soil or ever have to water their crops?
Where do kids eat seaweed cooked with sausages and mushrooms over toast for breakfast?
What three things does seaweed need to grow up healthy and delicious?
What are the five basic tastes that your tongue can sense?
If seaweed snacks are made from red algae (ours are!), then why do they look so green?
What’s the coolest, wildest, most incredibly delicious way to eat crispy yummy roasted seaweed? (Hint: birthday parties!)
What do green sea turtles eat?

    

Fun Not-So-Frequently-Asked Questions—for Grown-ups!

What exactly is seaweed?
Is seaweed healthy to eat?
What gives seaweed its unique umami flavor?
Is gimMe seaweed organic?
Why is organic seaweed healthier?
Is your seaweed gluten free?

Is your seaweed vegan?
What’s the difference between gimMe sheets and Crumbles?
What is the shelf-life of your seaweed?
Where is your seaweed grown?

How is your seaweed processed?

Q: Who in the world eats seaweed?
A: Pretty much everyone (in many different cultures) who lives near the ocean where seaweed grows in abundance.

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 crispy roasted seaweed. In Korea (where we grow all of our roasted snacks), the word for seaweed is gim. Get it?

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

Q: Where do kids eat seaweed cooked with sausages and mushrooms over toast for breakfast?
A: Wales! (No, silly. Not the big mammals that swim in the ocean—the little country that’s part of Great Britain and nearly surrounded by sea.)

Q: What three things does seaweed need to grow up healthy and delicious?
A: 1) Seawater; 2) Enough sunlight to drive photosynthesis (Look it up, it’s really cool!); 3) A good home—just like you! (Seaweed usually likes to be anchored on rocks on the ocean floor.)

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? (Hint: birthday parties!)
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 a lot of seaweed snacks! 

 If you noticed that the answer to pretty much every single question includes seaweed, give yourself a green star! Yeah, we’re kinda hooked on delicious roasted seaweed. Snack, snap!

    

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 algae 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 so low in calories (25-100) 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 sheets are certified organic by QAI, a USDA-accredited certifying agency. Our Crumbles are all natural, never acid-treated, but not certified organic.

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 of the Yellow Sea, off the coast of South Korea. The protected nature of the water where we grow our seaweed allows gimMe seaweed sheets 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 products are vegan, except for Cheddar Cheese and Honey Dijon Crumbles, which contain seasoning derived from animal products (cheese and honey).  

Q: What’s the difference between gimMe sheets and Crumbles?
A: Our roasted seaweed snacks are a more traditional flat seaweed (similar to the seaweed used to wrap sushi) and come in light, crispy, easy to munch sheets. Our Crumbles are tiny tasty clusters of seasoned seaweed, a fun new texture you can sprinkle on rice, soup, salads, popcorn (and just about anything!) or snack right out of the pouch.

Q: What is the shelf-life of your seaweed?
A: GimMe seaweed is guaranteed to be crispy and delicious for one year from the time it was roasted.

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

Q: How is your seaweed processed?
A: Our seaweed is processed very simply. After we harvest our seaweed, we roast it, add seasonings, and—that's it!