Grape seaweed is also being enjoyed by Okinawans. They eat the “arosep” fresh and named it ‘umi-budo’ because of their grapelike appearance.
Last time in November when I go for a vacation in the Philippines seemed to be the season for ‘arosep’ the local name for this wonderful seaweed. Everyday I go to the market I always come across women selling them in baskets and since I know how nutritious it is, I always buy them and make a salad out of them. I use chopped tomatoes and local shallots we call ‘sibuyas-Iloko’ and seasoned with fish sauce or bagoong (fermented fish) and just dip them in. It is so good especially as a side dish for grilled fish or any seafood. You might want to wash them carefully before eating them. I seldom see this here in Hawaii though.
Arosep or grape seaweed like other seaweed is a rich source of iodine which is known for preventing goiter.