Guso: Tawi-Tawi's Delicious Produce


Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 06, 2016
Guso: Tawi-Tawi's Delicious Produce

Seaweed, locally known as guso, is processed as carageenan to make fertilizers and chemicals. The Philippines exports 40,000 MT of fresh, dried and processed seaweed to Taiwan, Australia, Korea, USA and other countries.   

There are 800 species in the country and the one that we use to make Guso salad is Eucheuma cottonii. 


Tawi-Tawi is considered as the top producer of seaweed in the country. Guso is a very good source of protein, is fat-free and very low in calories.  It is also full of vitamins and minerals. The guso salad is the perfect dish to go with grilled seafood and other meats.

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Make guso salad by following these simple steps: 


2 cups guso

Chopped ginger

Chopped onions

Unseeded sliced tomatoes

¼ cup vinegar

Salt, sugar and pepper to taste


  1. Wash guso and cut into serving pieces.  Blanch by soaking in hot water for a few minutes, then drain.
  2. Soak the guso in cold water then drain.
  3. Arrange the guso in a bowl with the chopped onions, ginger and tomatoes.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar, salt and sugar.
  5. Pour the vinegar, salt and sugar micture on the guso before serving to avoid “overcooking” the guso.

How to Get There:
Major airlines have flights to Zamboanga City from Manila, Davao and Cebu. From Zamboanga City, there is a flight on a domestic airline to Tawi-Tawi.

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