Wakame is the Japanese common name for Undaria pinnatifida.
Undaria is native to the seas of Japan and Korea, and it has been harvested there for centuries. In Korea, Undaria soup is served to new mothers for the two weeks after they give birth, the vital minerals passing to the new baby via breast milk for an auspicious beginning.
Thereafter, it is served on birthdays as a reminder and celebration of this healthy and lucky first food.
Pictured: Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame)