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 to make traditional 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 great nutritional value. Laver has long been used in Wales, where it grows in abundance, to make a spread or paste known as laverbread, which was said to help stave off goiters.
Laver contains iodine, B vitamins, and essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Laver contains more protein than any of our other sea vegetables, and because it’s also balanced with every essential amino acid, laver is a good source of high quality protein. This makes laver a great addition to vegetarian dishes!
To bring out more of its delicious sweet and nutty flavor, lightly roast the laver in a skillet or low oven until slightly green. It can then 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 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 50 years of experience & relationship building, we minimally process and package products in our Certified Organic facility in Hancock, Maine.