What’s in it for you:
Note: One popular seaweed, hijiki, may contain high levels of arsenic—best to avoid it.
Dulse: A tangle of soft, reddish purple ribbons with a salty, fruity, slightly tangy taste.
How to try it: Good raw, toasted until crisp for snacking, or stirred into salads, soups, or potatoes—no soaking needed.
Nori: Shiny black-green sheets with a mild, sweet, minerally flavor.
How to try it: Buy toasted sheets and wrap around rice, or cut into strips to sprinkle over soups or vegetables.
Arame: Long brown-black slivers turn olive green as they soak. Sweet, earthy flavor and slightly firm texture.
How to try it: Soak briefly in cool water, then drain and serve in salads or stir-fries.
Wakame: Crinkly pieces turn supple and emerald green when rehydrated. Mild and briny.
How to try it: Soak briefly and add to salads or miso soup. Or dry-toast, then crumble and use as a seasoning.