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Sea Urchin. Or Uni. A Sea Treasure!




Finding a sea urchin is like finding a little pot of gold.   This one can be eaten! 
When it appeared in a Lobster trap, as it often does, I was like a kid in a candy shop; Gimme- Gimme!
I wanted to crack it open and savor it for all of its milky, sweet, briny flavor.  Its texture is much like tofu, and may only delight certain palates. 

In recent years, the American Sea Urchin has emerged from relative obscurity to claim its rightful place in the culinary spotlight.

Traditionally, Japan highly prized a significant portion of the American harvest for its delicate and exquisite flavor, and it found its way there.

However, a culinary revolution has been brewing, and consumers worldwide have come to appreciate the sea urchin’s unique qualities. Chefs, in particular, have played a pivotal role in elevating this marine delicacy to new heights. Incorporating it into a wide array of innovative and tantalizing recipes. From sumptuous mousse to rich and creamy carbonara. From delectable sea urchin toast to savoring it in its purest form as Uni. The American Sea Urchin has found its place on gourmet menus and in the hearts of food enthusiasts.

My own encounter with this remarkable sea creature occurred during an adventurous seafood expedition in Canada. As we embarked on our mission to explore the bounties of the ocean, a serendipitous moment unfolded. When I stumbled upon a sea urchin nestled within a lobster trap. It was a testament to the unpredictability and wonder of the seafood world. This unexpected discovery further underscored the growing fascination and appreciation for the American, as it becomes an integral part of not only fine dining but also the rich tapestry of culinary exploration. The sea urchin’s journey from the depths of the ocean to the forefront of gourmet cuisine is a testament to the ever-evolving and diverse world of gastronomy, where even the most unassuming creatures can take center stage in a symphony of flavors and textures.


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