Zentraveler discovers grape-like seaweed called Lato!

The green seaweed (Caulerpa lentillifera), commonly known as “lato”, has grape-like structure that is robust, crispy, watery, and slimy. It is a good source of iron, iodine, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Some people call lato sea grapes and the locals all know its a healthy food item to include on the menu.

My companion Perla has served this delicious salad with grilled fish and it is wonderful tasting. She uses a pair of scissors cuts the seaweed into small branches and washes the lato in fresh water…. then she makes a salad dressing of apple cider vinegar, tomato and onion, a dash of salt and pepper, and places the mixture into a bowl. You simply dip the seaweed into the bowl and have a green gourmet salad fit for a King or a Queen. In fact it tastes so good you cannot quit eating the seaweed delicacy. It is best eaten when it is fresh and green and brought directly from the fish market. You must eat it right away as it will wilt if you put it into a refrigerator or keep it to long.

I am a big hit at the local wetmarrket since the girls who sell lato give me twice or three times the amount that I order and all for 5 pesos….plus the elderly looking lady running the lato stand says: “oh you like lato— not many foreigners do, but you know its great for longevity”…and she laughs out-loud.

So there you have food nuts, herbalists, seafood fanatics, longevity freaks, and people who just want a delicious healthy salad… when in the Philippines search out a fresh seafood market and purchase lato FOR A DELICIOUS TREAT FROM THE SEA.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. ~Adelle Davis

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Seaweed baths are the rage in Ireland! You simply lay in your tub covered with seaweed and watch the toxins leave your body! Ching, ching, ching for mega-bucks I might add! If it was good enough for all my hardy ancestors, it’s good enough for me. And with the ocean right outside my house, I can even concoct my own briny spa. All I’ll need is a wheelbarrow and a pitchfork to collect a load of seaweed at low tide, lug it back to my house and dump in my own bath. Viola – a souped-up, detoxed bod, for free.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Sea! Without the sea-no seaweed!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Want to live like Moses two hundred years plus then eat more Lato seaweed its good for you!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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3 responses to “Zentraveler discovers grape-like seaweed called Lato!

  1. edwin

    am interested if lato was cultured or just grow wild in this place? am interested in culturing lato, Help?

    • Altajoy

      Lato grows naturally in the sea. Never yet anybody thought of growing or culturing it. But it’s a good idea. If and only if, GMO is out of the picture. Naturally grown lato is still the best choice.

      I’m from the Philippines. Thank you for liking lato. It is really healthy and inexpensive.

      But there’s something that bogs me. Why lato wilts when placed in the fridge?

  2. Where can I buy lato in Manila? I just badly needed it for my thesis.. T.T

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