Wakame, Undaria pinnatifida, is a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed, that has been nominated as among 100 of the world's worst invasive species, according to the Global Invasive Species Database. In Japan it is most widely used in miso soup.
History as food:
In 1867 the word "wakame" first appeared in an English-language publication, A Japanese and English Dictionary, by James C. Hepburn.
Starting in the 1960s, the word "wakame" started to be used widely in the United States, and the product (imported in dried form from Japan) became widely available at natural food stores and Asian-American grocery stores, due to the influence of the macrobiotic movement, and in the 1970s with the growing number of Japanese restaurants and sushi bars.
Wakame fronds are green and have a subtly sweet flavour and slippery texture. The leaves should be cut into small pieces as they will expand during cooking.
In China, it is called qundaicai.
In Korea, it is called miyeok and used in salads or soup.
In French, it is called "fougère des mers".
1. Compound in wakame known as fucoxanthin can help burn fatty tissue. Wakame is also used in topical beauty treatments..
2. In Oriental medicine it has been used for blood purification, intestinal strength, skin, hair, reproductive organs and menstrual regularity