All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'll Stick With Lobster

Believe it or not, February is prime urchin season in Maine. Fishermen these days are swimming in the icy Gulf of Maine plucking sea urchins from the deep. It's not the spiny shell they're hoping to sell, but the "edible gonad" of the creature.
The pulpy little reproductive sacs, referred to euphemistically as corals or roe, have a jiggly, creamy texture and a melt-in-your-mouth flavor somewhere between salmon eggs and a raw steamer clam. The roe is stirred into pasta, piled onto sushi rice, used to thicken sauces, or in some places eaten raw, scooped right out of the shell. [Link]
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