Bright green nutritious sea lettuce has supported Okinawan people's health
Processed as laver (edible seaweed) for dried seasoning powder, green seaweed "Aosa" grow around rocks and are called "Asa" in Okinawa language. Distinctive rich flavor makes you feel like tasting the sea of Okinawa. It is one of the essential ingredient of Okinawa homes and used in various dishes for its beautiful vivid color. "Asa" is cooked in a soup called "Asa-jiru" or tempura (deep fried fish and vegetables), or simply sprinkled over natto (fermented soybeans) and noodles (noodles made of wheat flour). Schools love them for its high nutrition and are popular as healthy food. From winter to spring, raw "Asa" is sold at store and dried sea lettuce is sold as a standard item throughout a year.