Novato, California (December 15, 2009) – Navitas Naturals, the organic foods company that is best known for its array of superfruits sustainably harvested from the land, is venturing into the sea with the announcement of new Organic Wakame Flakes. Wakame has been cherished in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditional cuisine and medicine for many centuries and now Navitas Naturals is bringing this ancient food to North America.
Sustainably harvested in the pristine ocean waters off Tasmania and Patagonia, Navitas Naturals Organic Wakame is a highly nutritious food. This leafy sea vegetable is naturally packed with a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron, calcium, iodine and magnesium. Wakame is also high in antioxidants, and a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The flakes have a salty flavor and slippery crunch that adds an exotic addition to soups, salads, and Asian-inspired dishes. A delicious recipe for Wakame Stir-Fry is below, and many more can be found at www.navitasnatuyrals/recipes.
Offered in a 2-ounce resealable pouch for an SRP of $5.99, Organic Wakame Flakes are wild-grown, certified organic, kosher, vegan, and raw. These and other Navitas Naturals products can be found at a variety of stores throughout the U.S. and Canada including Whole Foods Markets, and online at amazon.com and www.NavitasNaturals.com. In addition to Wakame, Navitas Naturals offers a wide variety of organic superfoods including stevia, raw cacao, virgin coconut oil, mesquite, lucuma, acai, yacon, mulberries, maca, camu camu, goldenberries, pomegranate, chia, flax, goji berries, hemp seeds and raw cashews.
The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide premium organic power foods that increase energy and enhance health. Navitas Naturals products are of the highest quality, are sourced directly from farmers, and are cultivated sustainably and in accordance with fair trade practices. “We look to the past for inspiration,” says Zach Adelman, founder and President of Navitas Naturals. “Our products come from ancient cultures around the world where they are traditionally used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.” For more information, please visit www.navitasnaturals.com.
2¼ cups vegetable broth
1 cup brown rice
1 Tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
¼ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp soy sauce
1 cup baked tofu, chopped into cubes
1½ Tbsp Navitas Naturals Wakame Flakes
To make the rice, bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add in the rice, cover pot, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Soak wakame in 2 cups of room temperature water for 5 minutes, then drain water. Set aside. Warm sesame oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions become slightly translucent – about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice, soy sauce and tofu. Cook for 2-3 minutes longer, or until all ingredients are heated through. Remove from heat and fold in the wakame. Add additional soy sauce if desired. Serves 4.