Lato: Nutritious grapes from the sea
MANILA, Philippines – Have you tasted the sea?
If you have tasted fresh Caulerpa lentillifera, locally referred to as lato in Bicol or ar-arosep in the Ilocos region of the Philippines, then it’s (almost) equivalent to tasting the sea. Caulerpa lentillifera tastes like sea water, slightly salty and refreshing.
The harvested lato is washed clean and is usually eaten fresh as a salad. It can be eaten raw as an appetizer, or dipped in lemon juice or vinegar and mixed with onion and other spices.
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