Though the world's most revered uni comes from Hokkaido, we daresay that these extremely fresh catches from California can compete with the Japanese, at least in terms of sheer culinary delightfulness. This San Diego Murasaki uni is as bright and vivacious in flavor as it is in color, replete with tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, a lusciously creamy texture, and a brisk, saline finish. As with Japanese Murasaki uni, Californian renditions of this species evoke high-toned, floral flavors and aromatics, with delicate sweetness and minerality that are best exemplified when served raw.
Respected among the sea's most sublime delicacies, urchins are hand-harvested by deep sea divers with small, precise, but modest equipment. This results in very little unintended catch of other species, while also preventing damage to the ocean floor, altogether making for a far less intrusive and more sustainable operation than is commonplace with other seafoods. At its best, uni has a deep, buttery flavor packed with umami, and a supple texture that melts onto your palate. All of this is layered atop a brisk, invigorating fragrance of the ocean, leading many to describe eating uni as experiencing the very essence of the sea.
San Diego, California, USA
Trays of 200g Uni