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algae?

Post by hlf2888 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:08 pm

At the fish market there was an interesting looking sea vegetable. At first glance I thought it might be octopus because it was long, pale green and shaped like a tentacle. The fisherman's wife assured me it was not octopus. She said it was to be put into salads, no need to cook it.

It was about the thickness of a garden hose, and solid, no central tube. It had a slightly slimy film on the outside. When sliced it stayed firm and pliable (not the dried seaweed). It had the density and texture and color of the flesh of an avocado. Very mild taste, bland.

Anyway I ate some yesterday and survived and now wonder what it's proper name is and it's English name. She called it algae. Also how long can it be safe to eat if refrigerated?
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Post by hlf2888 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:29 pm

this is cuchayuyo, I think. Darker in color, dried, saltier in flavor
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Post by fraggle092 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:13 pm

Lunfo, aka Cochahuasca, among several other names, including Cochayuyo, which is usually sold in its dried version.
En Chile se ha extraído desde las costas y secado en paquetes que, gracias a su bajo peso, eran intercambiados en el interior del país.

According to wikipedia its scientific name is Durvillaea antarctica:
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Post by frozen-north » Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:28 pm

This one seems to resemble your lunch:

Lessonia trabeculata

https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Lessonia_trabeculata

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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:45 pm

According to my Chilean mother-in-law (from the south and with lots of knowledge on native plants and such) it is not huilo but ulte:

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Post by hlf2888 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:32 pm

thank you fraggle, frozen and eeuu. Frozen, hard to tell from the photos of giant kelp. No close-ups. Also the Lessonia Trabeculata does not show the leaves. Mine has leaves. Fraggle, it does look like Durvillaea antarctica.

EEuu, I think your photo and name is accurate. Asked my vecino, he looked at it and said ulte also. So I guess its biologic name is Durvillaea Antarctica

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Post by thisisreallycomplicated » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:09 pm

I always wondered what that stuff was. I just looked it up, and it sounds like a healthy thing to eat (assuming it isn't contaminated). I've never seen the fresh version, but I always see bundles of the dried stuff.
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Post by frozen-north » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:16 pm

hlf2888 wrote:
thank you fraggle, frozen and eeuu. Frozen, hard to tell from the photos of giant kelp. No close-ups. Also the Lessonia Trabeculata does not show the leaves. Mine has leaves. Fraggle, it does look like Durvillaea antarctica.

EEuu, I think your photo and name is accurate. Asked my vecino, he looked at it and said ulte also. So I guess its biologic name is Durvillaea Antarctica
If that is the case, then you were eating cochayuyo.

The Durvillaea Antarctica, or better known as “cochayuyo,...

The word “cochayuyo” comes from the Quechua language “qhutra juju, “which means “sea plant”. The stem is round and has air spaces. This is the portion used in Chilean cuisine. In central and southern Chile it is called “ulte,” “lunfo” in Valdivia, and “raguay” in Chiloé.

https://www.thisischile.cl/the-multiple ... d/?lang=en

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Re: algae?

Post by hlf2888 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:17 pm

Hi frozen, IT does not have air spaces in the stem. The rest is accurate

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