Grape seaweed is a kind of seaweeds, called umibudo in Japanese. It traditionally grows in the tropical and semi-tropical ocean. It has the grape-like shape, parts of which are hanging on its branches. Therefore, it’s called grape seaweed.
Family: Caulerpa J.V.F. Lamouroux, 1809
Species: Caulerpa lentillifera J. Ag. 1837
The Grape seaweed (umibudo) distributes naturally in East and Southeast Asia. Long ago, Grape seaweed was harvested in the wild and used as food supplement in our diet. It was eaten raw or in salad. Grape seaweed has certain elements like caulerpin and caulerpicin which increase the taste and enhance one’s health.
The demand for this product has increased exceeding the availability existed in nature, Grape seaweed farming has become a perfect alternative in order to increase the production.
It can easily grow in the sallow, quiet and muddy sea areas. It can be in wooden cages or climbing on the rope placing in the ocean.
Grape seaweed has the special small branches generally attached to the rock, the sand or other surface by its white roots. From its branches, there are many leaves in the shape of round figures which look like grapes. Each round shape leaf is measured about 2mm and contains a gel-like juice. For this characteristic, it’s normally called grape seaweed or sea grape, or umibudo in Japanese.
Grape seaweed grows by absorbing the nutrient from the sea water through branches and round-shaped leaves..
In the sufficient environment conditions like the presence of light, temperature, seawater and nutrients, grape seaweed grows quickly and consequently, it can shorten the growing period.
Grape seaweed is growing in the specific environment. It is in 4 components:
The water supply
The farming tanks
The system of keeping seedlings
The conservation of products after harvesting.
The seawater is fully treated through a special filtering system in order to maximize the growing environment. The waste water after being used in each tank is also going through a very special filtering system, using sand as the medium before letting it back to the sea.
Sea grape is growing fast in the farm conditions which are modified sufficiently for sea grape development. A farming cycle is about 20 – 30 days from the time of planting to harvesting.
Grape seaweed is served as food in fresh form that can be eaten or used in preparation of food like vegetable. Fresh grape seaweed is widely used in Japanese cuisine, like served with wasabi, fresh seafood (sushi, sashimi), fresh fruits, fresh salads,…
Grape seaweed is food-like from the nature, provide high nutrition
and low calories. It also the source of vitamin and minerals like Ca, Fe,…
which is good for health in general and enhance the following treatments of:
Digestion and liver.
Optimize the glucose content
Reduce cholesterol content
Stabilize blood pressure
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