Sea Grapes

Caulerpa Geminata 


This is a sub-tidal species that likes to grow on rock walls. The common name describes the glossy little branchlets, swollen like tiny grapes, that grow from the main stem.


Found in intertidal and subtidal zones to 15m on all coasts of New Zealand, sub-tropical Australian coasts, and Pacific islands.


You may have to get wet to reach this tasty and pretty species. It's often found in deep coastal pools and, if you're lucky, you don't need to hop in to harvest it. It is often washed ashore after storms but has to be gathered immediately before the sun dessicates it


Best eaten fresh for a crisp, refreshing crunch in your salads. Do not refrigerate. You can add them as a garnish to dishes but be careful as heat will soften the grapes and ruin their texture.

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