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Lato Seaweed

Caulerpa lentillifera


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.


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

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Meik 10 years ago

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

iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

*vinegar (spell-check) ;-)

iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago

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 10 years ago

Hmm, looks tasty. Can you describe its taste?

LauraMaria 10 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

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Palawan, Philippines

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

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