Maidenhair

Maidenhair (Hypnea)

Maidenhair

Selection

Pick the cleanest looking parts of large plants by pinching off upper branches.

Storage

Wrap plants in taro leaf or keep in a bowl of seawater. Dry for longer storage.

Preparation

  • Wash plants well before use.
  • Can be chopped and eaten fresh in salads.
  • Often made into jelly or sweet pudding.
  • Can be used to thicken gravy, soups, or stews.
  • Crumble dried plants into any liquid for use.
  • (Novaczek, 2001)

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Maidenhair

Maidenhair is found on coral rubble, shell fragments,sand, or hidden under other plants. The plant forms loose tangled mats that shines in the sun from pale pink, greenish, to brownish or yellowish in color (Novaczek, 2001).

Traditional Names
  • Hawaiian – limu huna
  • Palauan – char