The scientific name for wakame is Undaria. It is one of the sweeter tasting sea vegetables, which requires little preparation. It has a silky, visually appealing texture and its delicate taste makes it easy to include in a variety of dishes. The black colour of the dried wakame will turn green when re-hydrating.Mostly wakame is sold in crispy dry strips; Pacific Harvest wakame is prepared in convenient bite-size fronds that are ready to use.Wakame sea vegetable is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic diet because of its highly alkaline qualities. In Japanese folk medecine, wakame is known as a cleanser and a strengthener of the blood; miso soup has been used for generations to aid in recovering from the effects of childbirth & illness & to protect from sickness. More recently it has been discovered to help protect from the effects of radiation.Wakame is also a good source of iodine and fiber. It is also high in calcium and iron, and is a good source of vitamin A, B12 and K.