Laver (Porphyra umbilicalis), also known as “Wild Atlantic Nori,” is a red sea vegetable that is related to Asia Pacific Nori (Pyropia yezoensis) which is used in our sushi sheets. Laver or Nori has a rich history in the UK and Japan as a food and continues to be celebrated today for its high nutritional content. In Wales, where laver grows in abundance, it was historically used to produce a spread or paste called laverbread which helped stave off goiters.
Laver is a great of source protein, iron, manganese, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, iodine, vitamin E and is an especially good source of the B vitamins. Researchers have found that laver may contain relatively high levels of vitamin B12. This may make it of particular interest to vegans and vegetarians where dietary sources of B vitamins are hard to come by.
To bring out more of its palatable sweet and nutty flavor, lightly roast the laver in a skillet or low oven until slightly green. It can be crumbled and sprinkled onto soups, salads, pasta, potatoes, or any dish needing a subtle, salty sea taste
The Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Difference
Our laver is hand-harvested from carefully selected beds of the North Atlantic to be in compliance with Organic standards, ensuring maximum quality and minimal contamination. We test for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides, petroleum residues, radioactivity, and microbiological concerns. With over 40 years of experience & relationship building, we minimally process and package products in our Certified Organic facility in Hancock, Maine.