Name this seaweed.

March 7, 2009 at 1:21 am 20 comments

Over the more common (I think?) “lato” and “guso”, this seaweed is my favorite. I like it with langgaw (vinegar), sibuyas nga pula (red onion), and kamatis (tomato).

I asked the “manang” what this is called in Ilonggo, and she just told me “gulaman”, but I think, gulaman means seaweed in general.

Anyway, if anyone happens know the name of this seaweed. Please tell me!


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  • 1. Brian  |  March 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    In bisaya twag namin jan is lukot.

  • 2. coolwaterworks  |  March 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Edz, gulaman lang ang nabal-an ko… Hehehe… Guso is the Cebuano equivalent but guso has larger strands than the Ilonggo gulaman… And they have different colors: gulaman is reddish brown, guso is green to dark green….

    Lato (Cebuano) is another sea organism much like guso but has these berry-like nodules… They are still colored green… 🙂

  • 3. edzmaya  |  March 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Oo gani. I am not a fan of guso nor lato. Amo ni ang favorite ko. 😀

  • 4. edzmaya  |  March 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Lukot, yeah, maybe lukot nga. 😀 Thanks!

  • 5. coolwaterworks  |  March 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Nope, it’s not lukot… “Lukot” is an excretion of an echinoderm (like sea cucumbers) called “donsol” in Bisaya…

    Gulaman lang gid na siya guro yah! Hehehe…

  • 6. sarski  |  March 12, 2009 at 1:54 am

    eds, i remember that seaweed as “gulaman” because my mother always calls it that. it’s also my favorite..when i finally appreciated the taste. pisli-an ko daan sa pagkaon sang bata pa ko. heheh. in hawai’i, they call it “limu.” i’m not sure if the genus name is eucheuma, gracillaria or sargassum…maybe not gracillaria

    sheesh, i miss that food. too bad, they don’t have it here 😦

  • 7. coolwaterworks  |  March 12, 2009 at 11:52 am

    grabe na ni… puslan man ang natun-an ko kay mr. abrigo ba… may he rest in peace…

    nadumduman ko, sargassum has leaf-like structures… not familiar with eucheuma. i’d go for gracilaria… red-brown seaweeds man ni sila…

    pero wala pa ta gyapon kabalo kon ano gid sakto niya nga ngalan aside sa “gulaman”… hehehe…

  • 8. edzmaya  |  March 12, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Oohhh… Scientific discussion going on here. Yeah, I bet this is gracilaria. 🙂 But how come they had special names for lato and guso while this one they called only gulaman? Hehe. Anyway. Basi gulaman gid man. At least we know (?) this is gracilaria.

  • 9. sarski  |  March 17, 2009 at 2:17 am

    because we ilonggos have a limited imagination? hehehe. i beg to differ…gracillaria is green algae; i’d say “lato” is gracillaria and “gulaman” is probably sargassum..

    (apparently, i didn’t have a good grade in high school biology..)

  • 10. sarski  |  March 17, 2009 at 2:22 am

    okay, i take that back. sargassum does have wide “leaves” and there are species of gracillaria that are red, so “gulaman’s” most likely gracillaria 😀

  • 11. edzmaya  |  March 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    gracilaria it is then. you’re funny sars. rebutting yourself. 🙂

  • 12. sarski  |  March 18, 2009 at 1:07 am

    well, i can’t erase the previous comment and replace it with another one so i’ll just rebutt my old comment then, even if i would look silly. hehehe.

  • 13. brian  |  March 21, 2009 at 12:31 am

    yeah alam ko nato! guso nga talaga ito. mau gyud ni! Bingo!

  • 14. kylene  |  October 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    its eucheuma

  • 15. venus castillo  |  February 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    You know madami akong natutunan about guso. And gigutom ko nah nagtan aw sa imu recipe. Hope na tana ma favorite nah naku ang guso. Nice presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wish nakuh nah daghan pay makabalo ani nga gulay!

  • 16. barbara  |  March 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    guso ni sya this kind of guso is smaller compared to the ones in cebu this kind of guso is common in iloilo and bacolod

  • 17. chelsea  |  July 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm


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  • 19. Jonah  |  February 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    hi this is jonathan from cebu, i know what is that. its a seaweed kind relatives of guso. but in Okinawa japan it is called MOZUKU. a jelly kind of seaweeds. its a healthy kind of seaweeds, that can cure a certain disease and cancers.

  • 20. mj  |  November 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    maybe it is variety of guso.. because it matters the environmental condition were it grows… eucheuma is the genus of this species but i am confused of the specific epithet…

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