do you eat fresh seaweed? those green, berry-like seaweeds like that in the pic?

@secretbear (19464)
Philippines
August 28, 2007 6:37pm CST
my mother loves them. but a different species, different from the picture. she said its good for the goiter (what is goiter by the way?). she just mix it with tomatoes, onions and a little vinegar i think. ~.~ ugh. the only vegetable i could eat is cabbage and that would be in a hamburger! LOL even if this seaweed looks deliciously, im suspicious of the taste since it came from the ocean. ^__^;; i only eat cooked seafood, and that would be fish. LOL how about you? have you eaten something like this? have you tasted this kind of seaweed?
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@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
Lato - Caulerpa racemosa - Lato - seaweed capsule is rich in protein and iodine.
Seaweeds are algae that live in the sea or in brackish water. Scientists often call them "benthic marine algae", which just means "attached algae that live in the sea".
Since childhood, we have been eating this kind of seaweed which we call it locally as LATO (seaweed capsule), also known as Caulerpa racemosa. Our place is surrounded by the sea so this seaweed is a common sight. We also mix it with tomatoes, onions and a little vinegar to eat it. In general, seaweeds are rich sources of protein and iodine. Lato (Caulerpa racemosa) contains natural products such as: amino acids, ether, fatty acids, fiber, lipids, minerals, nitrogenous compounds, phytohormones, pigments, polysaccharides, protein and vitamins. Health benefits of this seaweed inlude prevention of goiter, regulating the hormones, enriching the bloodstream, assisting in metabolism, promoting a youthful skin color, and helping to warm the body to promote mental youthfulness. Source: http://www.pcierd.dost.gov.ph/food/pdf/245.pdf
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
you're very much right,seaweeds are truly nutritious & very healthy to eat. i like them a lot...any kind of seaweed. we visited my sister-in-law in ablan,ilocos norte one time & they have a lot of seaweed varieties there, most of which are new to me and can not be found in any part of the country but in ilocos norte only. but i tried it anyway and it was really delicious. some of those seaweeds, they serve it cooked with some vegetables just like vegetable soup which they call inabraw.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
the 2 of you made it sound so delicious. ^__^;; I couldn't really comment on its taste coz I haven't tasted it. LOL but I get anxious when I see it. it doesn't look so tasty. ^__^;; I know all its benefits since I work in the fisheries field but I really can't get myself to like every seafood there is in our country. ^__^;; even if its nutritious and all that. LOL
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
i love lato!!! that's the only seaweed that i eat. i don't like Guso (it's a seaweed that looks like green stems). i only eat Lato and it's best dipped in vinegar. yum yum. but i don't like the look of that picture. it looks gross. it looks like molds or something. haha!
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
29 Aug 07
What picture? I've had a seaweed salad once. It tasted weird. It was at a chinese food restuarant that also sold sushi. A co-worker I was at lunch with got it. I really just tried it. I'd probably never eat it myself.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
caulerpa racemosa - caulerpa racemosa, green seaweed
what the heck... im pretty sure i attached an image in darn this discussion! @#*%$!!!!! if you still dont see the image here, then cursed them!!!! T.T
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
maybe you attached the image but forgot to upload it before starting the discussion. sometimes it happens to me too. =)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
hmmm... I dunno. I think I remember seeing the picture before starting the discussion. oh well. its here anyway. ^__^;;
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Ummmm....eeeeewwwww! I don't like anything that comes from the ocean. And seaweed just sounds too icky to eat, I don't care how much it's decorated up on my plate. I like vegetables like corn, green beans and swiss chard (kinda like spinach only better). And I have no answer as to what goiter is. Sorry hon.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
its okay. I have some error there too. I thought I added an image, I know I did, but h*ll, it wasn't there. ~.~ seaweed really sounds so icky no? I think its because of the weed part. ew. I don't eat spinach too. but I guess I'm just not used to it since its not popular here in our town. but I'm a real picky when it comes to veggies so I probably wouldn't like it also. LOL
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
29 Aug 07
It's just that it looks sooooo gross laying on the beaches. It's all slimy and icky, and that image was in my mind the whole time I was responding. LOL
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
LOL I forgot the slime thing. yuck. @_@ I'm thinking of it and I feel like throwing up! ^__^;;
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@eprado (1473)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
Yes I do I have eaten fresh seaweed, same as the one your mom eats mixed with tomatoes, onions and vinegar. It taste good actually and Chinese restaurants in chinatown Manila also served them as side salads. The Chinese loves them and say its good for our health, we do export seaweeds to China, I know a friend who does. :-)
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
yeah. i know we have a lucrative seaweed industry and our agency actually supports it. ^__^ but i really cant eat it so.. it kinda makes me unsupportive of our agency dont i? LOL
• United States
29 Aug 07
I have never eaten seaweed, although I have heard it is very good for you. Oh, and a goiter is like a real, physical lump in your throat, a growth. If it gets too big, it can cut off your breathing passageway.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
yeah. seaweeds are good for the health. ^__^ i didnt know goiter could be that bad. i thought before that it was only like a lump in the neck. good thing my mother was able to got rid of it.
@pendragon (3352)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I would try it, I hear it's good for diabetics. i have only have seaweed chips though, I get them at the local grocery store.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
we also have seaweed chips here. our agency supports a women's group who makes those and just recently they sent us a box of their products. their tasty alright but i think it needs a few more spices or flavorings. ^__^
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
1 Sep 07
:) The chips I get are gluten free rice chips put out by "Lundberg".I can see where they'd be really dry if they were accented by sesame flavouring.I recommend them, they're goooood,lol.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
what is gluten? ^__^ I think putting sesame seeds would definitely improve the taste and aroma of our seaweed chips. I would love to try that! maybe you can send me some. LOL
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• Philippines
27 Oct 07
i love seadweed! it's so good! i have eaten that kind of seaweed..any kind of seaweed :D
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
30 Oct 07
LOL that's why you look so healthy ran! haha.. just kidding, just kidding! ^__^;;
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
9 Sep 07
As far as I know from school - a goiter is a swelling in the throat, usually caused by a thyroid malfunction - an enlarged thyroid gland - the swelling is right below the adams apple- and certainly not something you'd want to feed! Maybe its for those with thyroid problems - you know a way to prevent swelling? I haven't had fresh see weed. I have it usually wrapped in sushi. My husband, who is Chinese, claims seaweed is the only vegetable his brother will eat. I just asked (my husband is cooking spasketti mmmmnn) and his brother eats it raw. I guess the nutrients are still packed in there. I'm going through my friends lists and trying to find unanswered discussions but keep getting sidetracked!
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
10 Sep 07
i have tried eating sushi but i just couldnt take it! they look delicious and mouth-watery but once i taste it, i feel like spitting it all out. ^__^;; what kind of sushi do you eat?
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 07
Hello secretbear, I don't eat seaweed. I just don't like it. In fact, I don't eat vegetables at all. Funny and weird? But that is the truth about me *laughs* I just can't open up my mouth and try to taste those 'green creatures' - that was what I called the vegetables when I was a small kid *smiles*
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
hehe... i was like that too when i was still a kid. but when i grew up i realized the important of veggies so i started eating some of them. ^__^;; but seaweed? as of now there's nothing that could make me eat it. ^__^;;
@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
oh i eat seaweed! i love it. my mom makes seaweed salad sometimes. yeah, she mixes it with vinegar and tomatoes and onions. hehe seaweed by the way is rich in iodine, which prevents goiter. goiter is like an inflammation of the tyroid gland or something, which is located at the neck. im not sure bout the facts tho, just search it if you're really curious.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
a lot of peeps here already gave me the important basic facts. ^__^
• United States
5 Sep 07
Yuck, I've never eaten anything like that before. I don't think I could just by looking at it. I don't even like very much seafood anyway. The only thing seafood related that I eat is deviled crab and I think that's because you can't really taste much of the crab meat.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
deviled crab? what's that?
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I don't believe I've ever eaten seaweed. I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for it. I'm quite sure they don't sell anything like that at the supermarket I shop at.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
it should be displayed in the seafood section. that is, if there's a demand for it in your place. ^__^
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I do love seaweed. But I eat mine in the pre-processed sheets that they sell at the market. those are very good and I like to make it with rice and some vegetables.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
oh you mean dried seaweeds sold in the market?
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
yes, i eat that... its actually taste good, well for me...
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Sep 07
how does it taste?
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
1 Sep 07
I never had seaweed in my life. I don't live near any seas or oceans and I'm not so adventurous about food either. I don't try "exotic" food jut for the sake of it.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
but seaweeds are not exotic food. they're just seafood I guess. ^__^
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@zabawaus (1732)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Wow it looks like grapes. I never taste any of them before i never even see them before. What does it taste like ? I can try to taste any vegetable . Looks delicious.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
it looks delicious alright. but i dont know how it tastes. ^__^;; im not even sure if its a vegetable or just a seafood. ^__^;;
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• United States
31 Aug 07
No, but if you email me and let me know where to get this seaweed, I will definitely eat it! Goiter should be in the dictionary for your definition. I am a firm believer in natural foods and greens. sunnywaters
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
you dont have seaweeds in your local market? i think there's plenty in places near to seas/ocean. ^__^
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
29 Aug 07
As we don't live near the sea, my family have never had fresh seaweed. Nor do we know how it tastes. Better than the processed ones? I think the answer is "yes".
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
well, i dont know about that for i havent tasted fresh seaweeds. ^__^
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
Yes, we do eat fresh seaweeds. They are colored green. There are plenty of these in our province, Pangasinan in the Philippines. My folks are the ones who get them themselves; when we are out swimming in the beach or seas. At times, we just buy them in the market. There are two types of seaweeds which we eat but I'm not sure if they are the same with what you call lato & guso. In our place, we call them ararosep & pupulo. When we eat them, we wash them thoroughly so as to remove any black weeds or other sea stones. They are naturally salty & they are rich in iodine which prevents goiter. Goiter is a type of sickness or deficiency one gets when he or she lacks iodine in the body. However, there are other foods rich in iodine, if you are not into eating these seaweeds.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Sep 07
thanks for the information. i didnt know there are a lot of seaweeds in pangasinan too. i only know that are lots of them in the quezon province and in mindanao. ^__^;;
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
29 Aug 07
oh yes secretbear, both me and my husband loved them..and mind you they are so pricey here, once we ordered this in a seaside restaurant..it was marvelously prepared and so delicious, I tried to do the same at home but incomparable. I love it with vinegar and tomatoes and some onions..:) good source of nutrients too! yummy! feels like I want to eat mow..:)LOL
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
30 Aug 07
i wish i had the appetite too for this kind of food. because i know its nutritious and i prefer to eat nutritious food. ^__^ i just dont want to eat it raw. what kinds of dish can you make with seaweeds?