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Nori Flakes (Porphyra umbilicalis)

Nori commonly known as Laverbread (Porphyra umbilicalis) is a food product, made from an edible seaweed (littoral alga), consumed mainly in Wales as part of local traditional cuisine.

The seaweed is commonly found around the west coast of Great Britain and east coast of Ireland along the Irish Sea, where it is known as slake. It is smooth in texture and forms delicate, sheetlike thalli, often clinging to rocks. The principal variety is porphyra (Porphyra umbilicalis). Porphyra (laver seaweed) is classified as red algae; it tends to be a brownish colour, but boils down to a dark green pulp when prepared.

Laver seaweed has a high content of dietary minerals, particularly iodine and iron. The high iodine content gives the seaweed a distinctive flavour in common with olives and oysters.

Laver seaweed has been cultivated as a food since at least the 17th century. It is prepared by washing repeatedly and then boiled until it becomes a soft mush when it is known as laverbread. The gelatinous paste that results can then be sold as it is, or rolled in oatmeal; it is sometimes coated with oatmeal prior to frying. Laverbread is traditionally eaten fried with bacon and cockles as part of a Welsh breakfast, or with Hog's Pudding in the South West.

Laverbread is highly nutritious because of its high proportions of protein, iron, and especially iodine[citation needed]. It also contains high levels of vitamins B2, A, D and C.

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