Sea Urchins are found in the ocean the world over. They range in size from six to twelve centimeters and come in many different colors. Red, purple, brown, green and black. They are spiny round creatures that live in shallow rocky waters. They move extremely slow on hundreds of tiny tube feet and feed on algae. Their spines range from one to three centimeters in length, and they use these ferocious spines as a protection barrier against predators. These spiny strange creatures are considered an aphrodisiac and in many parts of the world they are in extreme high demand.
Sardinian Sea Urchin
In many parts of the world the roe (which are the urchins internal ovaries) are a culinary delicacy. In Japan good roe can cost around $450kg. Continue reading →
I have eaten the deeps of the Mediterranean and sampled the rich earthy reds grown from my own backyard. The strange sea creatures placed before us at our late, late evening meal are bizarre, stinky and shiny. One dish (locally known as Cannolichi) reminded me of cheese covered rain worms with olive oil and a few herbs. I dared to try it but only a small bite. The crunch and the image in my mind turned my taste buds off and vowed to never eat or see this food again. One night when browsing the menu I was surprised to find Continue reading →