Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sea grapes

I have eaten this very special dish for the first time yesterday evening in a small restaurant serving specialities fom Okinawa, the island in the very south of Japan.
It's called umi budo (sea grapes) and it is a delicate, light-green seaweed with small bubbles covering its branches all over. It's scientific name should be Caulepa rentillifera. When you eat it, the bubbles pop nicely in your mouth, leaving a salty sea taste. They are rich in minerals, and I read they can inhibit the growth of cancer and boost immune system.
If you want to know more about Okinawa and this seaweed, go here.


Anonymous Matthew said...

How about that! I was there for lunch, and they were talking about a group of foreigners who would be coming for dinner... that must have been you!

I enjoyed the umi budou very much indeed. I expect I'll be going back there before long...

4:43 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Indeed, now as you say it, I remember they were talking about a foreigner having been there for lunch - so they were talking about you! Kitakami's a small place!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:06 PM  

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