Scientists in Khanh Hoa Province have cooperated with Truong Sa District authorities and regional naval officials on a project to grow green caviar or sea grapes on Truong Sa Islands off the central coast.
Dr. Huynh Ky Hanh, director of the Department of Science and Technology in Khanh Hoa Province, said the project will be implemented by the Institute of Oceanography and the provincial Department of Science and Technology.
Nguyen Xuan Hoa, deputy head of the botany division of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, said the scientific name for sea grape is Caulerpa lentilifera. He said that it is relatively easy to grow sea grapes as they flourish in high salt water content. The environment in Truong Sa is conducive to the development of sea grapes.
Sea grapes are a valuable and nutritious food supplement that can provide many types of vitamins such as iron, iodine and calcium, necessary for human health.
Sea grapes are already growing successfully in Khanh Hoa for the last five years. It has been the first successful sea grape project.
The Department of Science and Technology is presently propagating sea grape seeds to supply to the Naval High Command. The scientists will then guide the soldiers as to how to grow sea grapes.
The production cost of one kilogram of sea grapes is VND20,000. Sea grapes are expected to resolve the problem of lack of fresh vegetable availability on Truong Sa Islands.