Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in the Gulf of California:

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Science  27 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4097, pp. 355-356
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4097.355


Discovery of Its Nutritional Value by the Seri Indians Zostera marina occurs in the northern Gulf of California. The grain of eelgrass is harvested in the spring and formed an important part of traditional Seri diet and culture. This is the only known case of a grain from the sea being used as a human food source. Eelgrass has considerable potential as a general food resource for mankind. Its cultivation would not require fresh water, pesticides, or artificial fertilizer.