Hi, I am new to this. I live in a rural area and have trouble finding many ingredients. I don't find Nori, but I find seaweed. Looking at them online, they look to be the same thing. Can anyone tell me if this is correct? Thanks!
The short answer is yes, nori is seaweed. But nowadays, not all seaweed is called nori. Does that make sense? So when seaweed is called nori typically it is referring to the type of seaweed that is typically going to be used when making sushi, sheets of dried seaweed. It's also sometimes called laver or kim (gim). So for example, another type of seaweed is kelp, which is typically sold in thicker strips than nori would be. Or wakame, which has a sweeter taste and less crisp texture.
So in the grocery store, if it says nori, it's most likely going to be referring to thin sheets of seaweed. But if you were to buy just seaweed, and it was kelp, it wouldn't be the kind of seaweed you'd be able to use for sushi, for example. Hope that helps!