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Love of sushi could help Calif. coastal ecosystem
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/05

Posted on 10/29/2005 10:46:23 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - America's growing appetite for exotic sushi may help preserve vanishing beds of seaweed seen as an important part of the ecosystem along the California coastline.

Diners in sushi restaurants are eating ever greater amounts of sea urchin roe, known as Uni, creating a $23 million industry in California for harvesting the creatures, the California Sea Urchin Commission said this week.

The spiny echinoderms, a potential peril to swimmers stepping on rocks, feast on kelp, which is dwindling along California's coastline.

Divers in the state now harvest 800,000 pounds of Uni annually, the Sea Urchin Commission said, adding that it expects growing consumer demand for Uni in the United States.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: calif; californa; coastal; ecosystem; help; sushi
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1 posted on 10/29/2005 10:46:23 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: sushiman

For some reason, your screen name came to mind.


2 posted on 10/29/2005 10:51:24 AM PDT by Cagey (Conservatism is a movement, not a political party.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The "California Sea Urchin Commission"???

California has it all!


3 posted on 10/29/2005 10:54:02 AM PDT by calcowgirl (CA Special Election: Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No, No, No, No!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Uni takes some getting used to. Now I cant get enough of it.
4 posted on 10/29/2005 10:54:55 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

For some reason I feel a little uneasy asking a food question from a "Pukin Dog" ... but here goes: What is Uni? I've had sushi but it was served at room temperature and it was awful. Maybe I need to try it again from a better place.


5 posted on 10/29/2005 10:59:47 AM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: manwiththehands
Uni is the eggs of Sea Urchins. Before trying it, go somewhere and get some GOOD sushi. The $100 per person variety. Have some good beer or sake, then go for the Uni. It will change your life.
6 posted on 10/29/2005 11:02:20 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: manwiththehands

Uni is the roe (eggs) of sea urchins. It's kind of creamy yellow, with a very soft texture, and an odd flavor. Not everyone like the taste, but if you do, it can be addictive.

As for sushi in general, go to a good sushi bar with someone who like sushi and try a few roll sushi varieties to start with. Some California Roll or something like that. Most people like that pretty well.

Then graduate to other sushi types, trying ones that look interesting to you. You won't like them all.

It's an expensive habit, but really good sushi is some excellent eating. Use the stuff you don't like as catfish bait.


7 posted on 10/29/2005 11:05:40 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: manwiththehands
I've had sushi but it was served at room temperature and it was awful. Maybe I need to try it again from a better place.

Rule Number 1: Never order Sushi if you don't live by the sea. :-)


8 posted on 10/29/2005 11:06:22 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: manwiththehands

Just for future reference.

9 posted on 10/29/2005 11:06:37 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog
Uni is the eggs of Sea Urchins. Before trying it, go somewhere and get some GOOD sushi. The $100 per person variety. Have some good beer or sake, then go for the Uni. It will change your life.

Good advice, except for the $100 part. You can change your life for less than $30 if you know where to go or have friends who do.

10 posted on 10/29/2005 11:09:22 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Uni takes some getting used to...

Uni with a raw quail egg on top is how I break in sushi virgins...

11 posted on 10/29/2005 11:09:48 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Polybius

"Rule Number 1: Never order Sushi if you don't live by the sea. :-)"

Well...that's not a hard and fast rule, but you want to find a good sushi bar if you live in Ohio.

My rule number 1: Never eat sushi at a Chinese Buffet Restaurant.

Rule 2: Never eat sushi at a buffet at a party or wedding reception...blech!

Rule 3: Never eat sushi not made in front of your eyes by a Japanese-looking person. You can skip Rule 1 and Rule 2 if you follow this one.


12 posted on 10/29/2005 11:10:04 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: AmericaUnited

"Uni with a raw quail egg on top is how I break in sushi virgins..."

Hmm...good idea. More sushi for you, eh? I like it.


13 posted on 10/29/2005 11:11:11 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Hank Rearden
I go to a place in San Francisco, where you sit at the bar, and they just keep it coming for 90 minutes. That's where the $100 comes from. I cant remember the name, because every time I go there I get smashed on Sake and have to sleep it off.
14 posted on 10/29/2005 11:13:06 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: AmericaUnited
Uni with a raw quail egg on top is how I break in sushi virgins...

Sushi virgins or Uni virgins? That's a pretty harsh intro for someone who's not into sushi already.

15 posted on 10/29/2005 11:13:50 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: MineralMan
Rule #3 is a sushi law.
16 posted on 10/29/2005 11:14:03 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: AmericaUnited
I've not done the quail egg. You buyin?
17 posted on 10/29/2005 11:14:36 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

That sounds like a good place; if you can eat quality for an hour and a half solid for 100 bucks, you're doing ok.


18 posted on 10/29/2005 11:15:27 AM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Lazamataz; martin_fierro; Prime Choice; Felicity Fahrquar
FUGU ME!

Never heard of a poison pork chop.... - Homer Simpson

19 posted on 10/29/2005 11:20:02 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: NormsRevenge
Uni Sea Urchin

Prized in Japan for it's mild, sweet, somewhat nut-like flavor - uni - the edible sea urchin 'meat' is actually carefully harvested roe.

Green sea urchin

This species is more difficult to process, and produces a smaller amount of roe, but is prized as the sweetest of all the uni available.

20 posted on 10/29/2005 11:20:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Pukin Dog

"Rule #3 is a sushi law."

It should be an enforceable law. Sadly, a lot of people get the idea that sushi is that stuff at the wedding reception, so they never find their way to a sushi bar.

A pity. Then you get the "I ain't eatin' no raw fish" crowd. I just let them eat all the California Roll they want while I go for things they won't eat.

In reality, I'm a bigger sashimi fan than sushi fan anyhow.


21 posted on 10/29/2005 11:20:26 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: NormsRevenge; Experiment 6-2-6
Diners in sushi restaurants are eating ever greater amounts of sea urchin roe, known as Uni

It's so popular that it has its own channel.

22 posted on 10/29/2005 11:22:38 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL


23 posted on 10/29/2005 11:23:27 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Man, you just haven't eaten until you've held a roll of rice wrapped in seaweed up to your mouth ... and a tentacle flops out.
24 posted on 10/29/2005 11:25:26 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: All

Anyone..

What is Onigoroshi (Devil Killer) sake like? it says Dry on the menu at the site the pics are from...


25 posted on 10/29/2005 11:25:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Polybius
Rule Number 1: Never order Sushi if you don't live by the sea.

I believe the root of this rule is to know something about the freshness of the fish. Mrs. Jimfree and I attended a convention in Reno and discovered an all-you-can-eat sushi bar in the Reno Hilton. We asked him to take us on a tour of the various fish. He served nothing so exotic as Uni, but was very clever with some of the rolls. My favorite was the Godzilla Roll. Fried fish was in the center and it was drizzled with a wonderful spicy sauce, creating a fabulous combination of textures and flavors.

26 posted on 10/29/2005 11:33:26 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: MineralMan; manwiththehands
"Rule Number 1: Never order Sushi if you don't live by the sea. :-)"

Well...that's not a hard and fast rule, but you want to find a good sushi bar if you live in Ohio.

No, I took that Ohio flag right out of manwiththehands' Profile Page. As for me, I can see the sun shining on salt water as I type this. :-)

Freshness is key. So, manwiththehands, don't pass judgment on sushi until you have had good sushi on the West Coast.

27 posted on 10/29/2005 11:33:55 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: manwiththehands
I've had sushi but it was served at room temperature and it was awful. Maybe I need to try it again from a better place.

You do. Sushi is not "something." Sushi is hundreds of things. Cooked shellfish, raw or smoked fish, rolls with veggies, etc. Start with cooked shellfish (maybe a California Roll.) Many people can't get over the thought of raw fish. That's only a part of sushi... (and my favorite part, BTW)

28 posted on 10/29/2005 12:09:30 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Polybius
Freshness is key. So, manwiththehands, don't pass judgment on sushi until you have had good sushi on the West Coast.

I had a two week business trip to Southern California a while back. I was by myself, so I got to go EXACTLY where I wanted to eat. I ate sushi every day (lunch and dinner) and didn't have to eat the same place twice or go more than about 10 miles from my hotel.....

Heaven...

29 posted on 10/29/2005 12:14:55 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: MineralMan
Oh yeah, I get my fill of Sashimi before I look at the rolls.
Nothing like it.
I agree about the California roll, it's a good way to introduce someone to Sushi but I always ask for the real crab.

I've had people who swear they'll never eat raw fish try Sashimi once they see it up close. The only one I don't like is either Squid or Octopus.

Here in California, I can get my fill for under $50.00.

30 posted on 10/29/2005 12:16:56 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Polybius

The only time I had sushi was in Denver - which, by your opinion is probably worse there than it would be here in Ohio. Next time I'm near an ocean sushi will be one of the first things I'll try.


31 posted on 10/29/2005 12:18:54 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: NormsRevenge
I only eat sea urchin roe from places that have live sea urchins. The stuff they serve at sushi joints that come in the trays have a very different taste and texture than what you get when you crack one open on the spot. The texture and flavor decays extremely fast, almost in front of your eyes, making it very difficult for industrial producers to move it fast enough.

People that love uni need to try it fresh from the urchin; it will make the finest, freshest stuff on the trays taste like yesterday's leftovers. Once you get used to it, it is hard to go back.

32 posted on 10/29/2005 12:25:37 PM PDT by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Ah. F14 pilot Pukin Dog. Reference noted. Thanks!
33 posted on 10/29/2005 12:27:44 PM PDT by manwiththehands
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To: NormsRevenge

I love sushi, but uni is overrated.


34 posted on 10/29/2005 12:30:58 PM PDT by Begin (Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again.)
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To: MineralMan
"Uni with a raw quail egg on top is how I break in sushi virgins"


Don't forget one shake of tobasco and a touch of wasabi and oh man...you got yourself somethin' there!


I've eaten sushi in a lot of places in the world and the best I've had is right here in Southern California



35 posted on 10/29/2005 12:33:01 PM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: calcowgirl; aculeus; Tijeras_Slim; Petronski; MississippiDeltaDawg; Larry Lucido; Thinkin' Gal; ...
The "California Sea Urchin Commission"???

You bet!

Land of fruits, nuts, and Food and Agricultural Code Section 79040-79057.

36 posted on 10/29/2005 12:42:29 PM PDT by dighton
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To: Begin
I love sushi, but uni is overrated


Try this one next time;
The "Japanese Burrito"
Tuna(Spicy Tuna or Regular)
Tempura Shrimp
Imitation Crap
Avacado
Asparagus

All wraped in the white rice paper and no rice topped with Smelt Roe a touch of green onion, and one shake of the Vinegar sauce

Dip it in a mixture of Siriracha sauce and Mayo...MMMMMmmmmm
37 posted on 10/29/2005 12:45:30 PM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: NormsRevenge

Sushi rules, but I still can't stand Uni. I keep giving it a chance, but I can already tell I'll never like it.


38 posted on 10/29/2005 12:48:59 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I love sea urchin sushi. It's definitely not for everyone, though. My wife does not like the texture, for instance.


39 posted on 10/29/2005 12:49:06 PM PDT by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: Pukin Dog

Amen. It's definitely become one of my favorites.


40 posted on 10/29/2005 12:49:52 PM PDT by Junior (From now on, I'll stick to science, and leave the hunting alien mutants to the experts!)
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To: Pukin Dog

My sushi place is run by Koreans, they all speak English, Japanese, and Korean. You can get a spectacular meal for $50, and the fish is exceedingly fresh because the owner is a hardass about not compromising the fish quality. It does taste a bit different from Japanese places because they use California rice instead of bringing in expensive Japanese rice.

If you find yourself in MD, suburbs of DC, freepmail me if you want to try it. I won't post the name here, it is hard enough to get a table now.


41 posted on 10/29/2005 1:19:07 PM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: Hank Rearden
Sushi virgins or Uni virgins? That's a pretty harsh intro for someone who's not into sushi already.

It is. Actually I save that for last, first doing the 'nicey-nicey' stuff to get them hooked in.

42 posted on 10/29/2005 1:22:06 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: dagoofyfoot

That's it, in living color!


43 posted on 10/29/2005 1:24:12 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: ko_kyi

The Korean's themself seem to just have one type of roll (maki) and they call it kimbob.


44 posted on 10/29/2005 1:26:29 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: MineralMan

I finally found a good sushi restaurant where I live! I moved to the dessert, so you can imagine why I was so hesitant! I think I'll treat myself tonight!


45 posted on 10/29/2005 1:27:26 PM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: MineralMan

I finally found a good sushi restaurant where I live! I moved to the dessert, so you can imagine why I was so hesitant! I think I'll treat myself tonight!


46 posted on 10/29/2005 1:27:28 PM PDT by Hildy ( liberals cannot change the present, and cannot effect the future, so they MUST relive the past...)
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To: All

I've tried to figure out the hard addition to sushi and I think it's the body's craving for raw enzymes. That plus you always feel energized and great after eating it.


47 posted on 10/29/2005 1:28:43 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: martin_fierro
Man, you just haven't eaten until you've held a roll of rice wrapped in seaweed up to your mouth ... and a tentacle flops out.

Properly made, they oughtn't flop out. Ooze, maybe. Fall, maybe. Not flop.

48 posted on 10/29/2005 1:53:32 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: tortoise
People that love uni need to try it fresh from the urchin; it will make the finest, freshest stuff on the trays taste like yesterday's leftovers. Once you get used to it, it is hard to go back.

That's very true, but it's a seasonal thing. Around here, the uni harvesting just started a couple weeks ago, and will last until sometime in January.

The live critters are delivered to the restaurant and prepared onsite for maximum freshness.

But when the season's over, that's it. You either get the stuff in trays (from Alaska) or do without until the season opens next September.

49 posted on 10/29/2005 1:57:46 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: manwiththehands
Next time I'm near an ocean sushi will be one of the first things I'll try.

People keep saying "only eat sushi near the ocean", but that really means nothing for many/most of the items on the menu. Some of the best sushi fish, and some species, come frozen. Quality all depends on how they were originally prepared, frozen and stored.

Hamachi, Octopus, Unagi and many others - frozen, frozen, frozen in most cases. If done properly, it can be better than fresh because there's no chance to decay before serving.

Some things like Mirugai (geoduck) and Uni are pretty much fresh-or-nothing-at-all items, though. I wouldn't eat either in Denver unless the critters arrived live at the restaurant.

And salmon is *always* deep-frozen before serving raw, for safety - salmon is notorious for picking up parasites migrating between saltwater and freshwater; these are killed either by cooking or deep-freezing. You won't necessarily get sick eating fresh raw salmon (sashimi-loving fishermen do it all the time), but the risk goes up substantially. A good chef will take the prime pieces, set them aside for deep-freezing as sashimi later, and grill the rest.

50 posted on 10/29/2005 2:05:10 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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