Kombu (kelp)

A sea vegetable packaged in wide, dark, dehydrated strips that will double in size upon soaking and cooking. Kombu is a great source of glutamic acid, a natural flavor enhancer, so adding a small piece to soups and stews deepens flavor. Kombu’s glutamic acid also improves the digestibility of grains and beans when added to these foods in small amounts. Kombu is also reputed to help the body break down cellulite. It’s used in spas to smooth orange-peel skin, but it’s most effective when eaten.

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