Yum. Them sea urchins be REAL good eatin’ Uni or sea urchin is delicious gonad treat. There is nothing like some smooth gonads to make the day go by. However, not everyone likes these taste eggs or roe. Especially when it has been sitting in a tank for three weeks. We used Magnesium Chloride to kill our urchin unsuccessfully, so eating those oh, so edible ‘nads was out of the question. I decided that Thursday was not a good day to die. Well, actually it took tons of clove oil to kill our urchin. I think the clove oil would make uni taste like Christmas. In the pictures you can see that our uni was not so delicious looking.
Uni has increased in popularity and, therefore, as become a major industry. Harvesting of urchins in San Diego is harming the health of kelp forests. Interestingly, the kelp harvesting has been hurting the health of urchin population. These two industries fight back and both causing man-supported urchin barrens and kelp forests.
Moral of the story? You should all go out and get yourself some uni. It’s delicious.