Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes - 1 oz (28 g) Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes are a traditional odorless, tasteless sea vegetable gelatin created by a long, slow process that combines a mixture of red algae sea vegetables of the Gelidium species. Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes is highly prized as a natural, pure vegetable quality gelatin and a much healthier alternative to commercial animal, chemical gelatins. Unlike commercially produced agar agar flakes, Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes are naturally made without the use of sulfuric acid as a softening agent or inorganic bleaches and dyes used to whiten the sea vegetables and rid them of their odor. Simple boiling and air drying Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes makes it a superior quality, pure vegetable gelatin, containing no animal products or chemicals. Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes are very low sodium, low calorie, fat and cholesterol free. The eight varieties of wild sea vegetables used in Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes are hand harvested from pristine temperate waters in the autumn then spread out on beaches to naturally sun dry. In the winter the dried plants are transported to the mountains where they are cooked several hours in water to soften them. This thick mixture is poured into trays and allowed to gel before cutting into bars. The bars are placed outside in snow covered rice fields, on bamboo mats suspended from short bamboo frames. During the cold of the night the gelled bars freeze solid and ice forms on the surface. In the morning when the temperature rises, the ice melts and runs off. The bars are left to repeatedly freeze and thaw for 10 days. After 10 days all of the moisture disappears resulting in lightweight, off-white bars of agar. The bars are then crushed to produce Eden Foods Agar Agar Sea Vegetable Flakes. The flakes are easy to use, do not require long soaking and quickly dissolve in hot water or juice.