Product #: 11020
Scientific Name: Echinometra viridis
Country of Origin: US
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Uni is the roe, or eggs, from sea urchins and is a rare treat for those who acquire a taste. Uni has a light, sweet, and somewhat briny flavor and is usually enjoyed as nigiri sushi or sashimi.
Uni is generally harvested in California, Maine and Canada (both Atlantic and Pacific).
Sea urchins are fast growing and reproduce at a young age, making them resilient to fishing pressure. Canadian sea urchin populations are moderately healthy while U.S. populations are depleted, some severely. Management regulations are in place in all areas, though with varying degrees of success. Sea urchins are generally hand harvested by divers, thus there is little to no bycatch and damage to habitat. In parts of Maine and Atlantic Canada where currents tides and currents are too strong to allow diving, sea urchins are captured with small, light dredges. Though dredges can have substantially higher levels of bycatch and bottom damage, high-energy environments such as these are far less susceptible to damage.
Our California Premium uni is a mild yellow color and softer texture than California Gold, with the same great taste and freshness. Our uni is world famous, having been featured in magazines like Vogue and Wolfgang Puck's television show. The sea urchins from which uni come from are handpicked by local divers who deliver it to us fresh daily. We process it within 24 hours, giving it the highest freshness and quality. Sea Urchins are bottom feeding â€œechinodermsâ€ that are found in every ocean around the world. The urchins that we process, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus range from dark blackish purple to red in color. They are covered with short to long spines. The diameter of the shell can get up to 6 inches. The average weight of a sea urchin is one pound. California Sea Urchins are found off the coast usually in about 50 feet of water in kelp beds.
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