Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are. But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso? Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path.
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A variety of kelp (seaweed or sea vegetable). Kombu is exceptionally high in nutrients, and adds good flavor to soup stocks. When added to beans while soaking and cooking, it helps soften the skins and makes them more digestible. Lightly used kombu can be removed, rinsed off, dried, and reused.