The Nori Farms of Japan

Our Issaquah sushi restaurant could hardly function without the Japanese seaweed known as nori. Indeed, this remarkable vegetable is a huge part of Japanese dining, which explains why the country has perfected the science of farming nori on a large and efficient scale.

In order to meet the great demand for nori, Japan’s farms need to put out 350,000 tons of the seaweed every year. This is done over 230 square miles of coastal waters. The nori farmers spread out large nets on the surface of the sea, which are seeded with the seaweed. A fast-growing plant, the nori will be ready for harvest in only forty-five days. The harvested nori will then be shredded, dried, and roasted, at which point it is ready to wrap around the delicious sushi we all enjoy.