Back when Dad took a trip to Tonga I posted a picture of my meal which included a delicious variety of seaweed. Not your typical seaweed, this stuff consists of little green balls that are the plant equivalent of caviar. Until now I have not seen or eaten that seaweed in American Samoa, although it is common in Western Samoa.
While attending a birthday party at "2 Dollar Beach" I went for a snorkel in what was a rather unwelcoming surf. Much to my suprise I found a large mat of seaweed growing near the edge of the reef.
That water looks milky at the top of the picture because 5ft waves were breaking right where I wanted to be! So in a battle to remain stationary long enough to collect seaweed (and continue to breathe) I managed to fill a bucket with this delightful stuff. Everyone at the party snacked on the seaweed and most people took some home. It tastes great right out of the ocean, and I don't recommend rinsing in freshwater. We jazzed a little of it up with some sesame oil, vinegar and liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute).
Next time we go to "2 Dollar Beach" we'll just have to bring the rice for a sushi meal of urchin and seaweed!
Soon I will have someone new helping me "hunt".... snorkel buddies rule! It is really great to be able to snorkel as a family now that Noah can hold his own.
The Jaskowiak Family
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