Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

Arsa seaweed harvest starts on Ojima

On January 23, first harvested bright green arsa, Ojima, Nanjo. (Photograph taken by Tetsuji Tokeshi)

January 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The arsa or hitoegusa (Monostroma nitidum Wittrock) seaweed harvest has started at Ojima, Nanjo City. Shigemasa Oshiro, 59, who visited a beach on the island, said, “This year’s cold and sunny weather helps arsa grow very well.”

The seaweed, which was planted last September, has grown enough to be harvested at the beginning of January. The arsa harvest happens three times each season.

The first harvested arsa has bright green color, and it will be sold fresh. Cooking fresh arsa with miso soup is very tasty. Arsa tsukudani and tempura sold in stores are popular with visitors.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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