Kelp are large brown seaweeds or sea vegetables.
Kelp grows in underwater forests or kelp forests.
The clear and shallow waters they live in provides a rich supply of nutrients.
Brown algae contain a carotenoid called fucoxanthin.
Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid found in the chloroplasts of brown algae. This provides brown algae with their typical brown to olive-green color.
These brown algae are more often classified as protista rather than plants.
Edible kelp or brown algae includes Kombu from the Laminaria japonica and Wakame from Undaria pinnatifida.
Kombu is a Japanese food made from brown algae. Wakame is another Japanese food made from brown algae. Wakame is added to miso soup and salads.
Kombu and Wakame are among the healthiest foods on the planet.