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Sea Grapes

Caulerpa lentillifera

Description:

This edible seaweed is called Latô in the Philippines, and ウミブドウ(umi-budō, literally "sea grapes") in Japan. It has a soft, succulent texture and is eaten fresh in these countries.

Habitat:

C. lentillifera grows in shallow waters of coral and rocky reefs. It is also farmed at sea and in inland ponds. In the Philippines, this seaweed is successfully farmed in the provinces of Cebu (central Philippines) and Zamboanga (southern).

Notes:

Spotted this wild-growing forest of C. lentillifera in 10m of water at the dive site called Marissa 2, off the western coast of Samal Island. It was growing on dead table coral and rocks.

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2 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, Joshua! You should try it sometime. Here in the Philippines, we dip it in a vinegar-onion-chili sauce and eat it fresh! ;)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

also really cool :) and even way better that they're actually edible... legendary.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 11, 2012

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