When we speak of edible seaweeds across maritime cultures, one species has particular importance. Kombu, also known as konbu, is a kelp that has figured into the Japanese diet for centuries, also appearing in Chinese, Korean, and Icelandic cuisines. Kombu forms the stock of miso soup, appears in salads, supplements noodle bowls, and lends a sweet and slightly floral flavor to any dish. Native to the Pacific Ocean, Ocean’s Balance farms kombu off the coast of Maine, where the Gulf of Maine’s cool waters give our organic kombu familiar surroundings. Once harvested and dried, you can buy kombu seaweed for your pantry in whole-leaf or flaked form. Thanks to our sustainable aquaculture, enjoying kombu has never been easier or more ethical. Dried seaweed has not only amazing health benefits, being rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, but it also has a taste unlike anything on land.