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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Sea Urchin Anyone?

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For sushi lovers in Japan, sea urchin (uni in Japanese) is one of the top three delicacies. The color of sea urchin (see below) ranges from yellow to bright orange. Sea urchin sushi consists of the gonads of the sea urchin.

When eating sea urchin sushi, a few drops of soy sauce may be applied directly on top of the sea urchin.

Sea Urchin, uni

Sea urchin sushi is widely available in sushi shops in Japan including kaiten (rotating) sushi shops. But someone looking for freshness may want to head to a specialty shop such as those found in department stores. The sea urchin pictured above was purchased at Kintetsu Department Store in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

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