sea lettuce


Definition of sea lettuce

: any of a genus (Ulva) of marine green algae with broad fronds sometimes eaten as salad or used in soups

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Now, besides kelp, 21 Alaska growers also have added dulce, nori and sea lettuce to their macroalgae or shellfish menus. Anchorage Daily News, "Shellfish and seaweed farms are a growing industry in Alaska," 27 Aug. 2019 The bun was enriched with chlorella, a microalga, and the sauce laced with sea lettuce, another common algae. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 Besides kelp, 21 of Alaska’s aqua-farmers also have added dulce, nori and sea lettuce to their macroalgae or shellfish menus. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s fledgling mariculture industry expands its reach; former Dunleavy staffer named to fish board," 5 June 2019 Most of the girls boiled them with rice and bouillon cubes from their coffee cans, along with a variety of sea lettuces salvaged from the shore. Susan Shain, The Atlantic, "When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness," 5 June 2019 Chef Dan Hunter’s tasting menu ($275) nods to aboriginal delicacies with cucumbers pickled with green ants, but the oyster ice cream/powdered sea lettuce combo is all his own. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "5 Restaurants Genuinely Worth Traveling For," 24 Oct. 2018

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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