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Lato Seaweed

Caulerpa lentillifera

Description:

Caulerpa lentillifera is one of the favored species of edible Caulerpa due to its soft and succulent texture. They are also known as sea grapes, green caviar, "ar-arosep", or "lato" in the Philippines. C. lentillifera is farmed in the Philippines and in Okinawa where the plant is eaten fresh.

Notes:

C. lentillifera is usually eaten raw with vinegar, as a snack or in a salad.

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5 Comments

Meik
Meik 9 years ago

Sounds and looks great! It's a pitty there's no way of trying it here in Germany.

*vinegar (spell-check) ;-)

it's kinda gooey when chewed. at first bite you'll taste 'sea' hehe. It's not salty though. It's bland but I don't know how it just totally tastes different mixed with venigar,onions,ginger and garlic. This is just my 2nd favorite seawood though. I'm such a sucker for the Eucheuma cottonii, my favorite.

Meik
Meik 9 years ago

Hmm, looks tasty. Can you describe its taste?

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Oh, very neat, Caulerpa is a very cool genus of seaweed! I didn't know they were eaten though, that's interesting :) Maybe one day I'll try some! Love that I can find out about not only organisms I didn't know about on Project Noah, but things about the cultures of my own species haha :D

Palawan, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 5, 2011
Submitted on Nov 17, 2011

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