Okahijiki, or Land Seaweed, is a long, thin, grass-like green with rounded succulent leaves. The matchstick-shaped leaves measure around 6 centimeters long, and are bright green. They grow at the end of rounded, branched stems that can grow up to 30 centimeters in height. Baby leaves are harvested when they are between 10 and 15 centimeters long, when they are most tender. Older leaves can get tough. Okahijiki is juicy with a crisp texture and a tart, salty flavor.
Okahijiki is used in sushi, salads or as a side for fish or chicken dishes. Leaves are blanched in salty water and added to salads. Steam Okahijiki for a few minutes and serve tossed in mustard or vinegar. The succulent leaves can also be lightly sautéed in butter or oil, and will maintain their crisp texture. Use the smaller, thinner leaves as a garnish for appetizers or use the larger leaves as a bed for fish or meat. Okahijiki pairs well with soy sauce, sesame seed oil, vinegar, garlic and raw fish. Store unwashed Okahijiki in the refrigerator for up to a week.