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Old 10-18-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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Difference between kombu and kelp?

Kombu and kelp are both seaweeds, available in dried form in Asian markets.

Is kombu the same as kelp? Is kombu a sub-type of kelp?


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Old 10-19-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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I believe kombu is a variety of kelp


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Old 10-19-2009, 02:34 AM   #3
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One is Japanese, the other is English. Terminology. Sort of like Chinese fun vs. English rice. And I think it is helpful to think of kombu as a sub-type of kelp. Rausu kombu is thick, nearly inedible and used exclusively for dashi stock, whereas rishiri kombu is the same plant thinner and less mature that is a common ingredient in stews and pickles.

Rehydrated, kombu throws a lot of people off because it is oceany and slimy. Also because it is a natural source of monosodium glutamate.

One of my first chores as a kid was to go forage at low tide to harvest aosa, or "blue grass." It's actually an algae, but the USFDA requires that it be labeled as "kelp."
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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Can I substitute dried seaweed for dried kelp when making miso soup?
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