Exotic Species

Have you ever seen anything like this? Percebes

I just ate one. That’s right. My New Year’s Eve was adorned with a rare shellfish delicacy called a ‘percebes’ or ‘gooseneck barnacle’. These Portuguese people seem to eat the rarest of seafood; really, I’d say they eat anything that comes from the sea. And it’s not them to whom I am referring when I say exotic species. Quite the contrary, actually. But that could be a whole different blog. This one is about percebes, which in Portuguese means, “do you understand?” I assume, rather hope, there is no correlation. I still don’t quite understand myself. But there is some great info here if you are really interested. These intrusive felinesque claws are gathered by sea hunters, who gruelingly brave rough surf to chisel the crustacean off of the rock that it clings to. Once collected, this delicacy is sold for a fancy price to the foodies who then gently twist the ‘claw’ from the fleshy tube-like finger, which uncovers a pinky toe beneath. That’s the part that you eat. Honestly it just tasted like a whole hell of a lot of seawater and some chewy stuff. My relatives in the San Juan islands are probably mocking my childish description, but I challenge them to a taste! These percebes are only found in a few places in the world, Cali and the San Juans being among them.

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~ by maureenmoore on January 13, 2009.

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