Marutaka was established in 1965 as a central supplier for Nori (seaweed sheets) marketed for bulk sales, and have been mainly providing towards sushi restaurants for professional use. Nori is a thin sheet of dried seaweed. They are used for sushi, rice balls, and sometimes placed on a toast.
Purchasing by Tender at a Domestic Nori-Producing District
Purchasing by tender requires the ability to instantly determine the quality of Nori as well as an experienced career in the industry. Every year we actually go to the producing district located in various regions throughout the country and see Nori in different qualities depending on the climate. Therefore we flexibly choose the best Nori for that year.
Seaweed contains various minerals than food made on land because they grow under the sea where it contains approximately 45 types of elements. Seaweeds including Nori have a high absorption rate of minerals than other food. Nori is called as "meat of the sea." It contains as much protein as that of soy beans. In addition, it also contains affluent iron, calcium or beta carotene. Nori is good for beauty as also rich in vitamins. It contains so many vitamins that we can not find any other food which can be compared to Nori. Therefore it is said to be a treasure trove of vitamins.
Q: Why do you wrap rice balls with Nori?
A: Nori contains vitamin B necessary to digest amylum which is the main ingredient of rice. It means you can absorb amylum more effectively when you eat rice with Nori.