Sea urchins and limpets


One very good reason I love summer is the collection of photographs shown below. It is not just about the actual eating of sea urchins and limpets, but  for us it is a family gathering. My dad is very keen on snorkelling and has been diving for sea urchins and limpets for many years. Nowadays my son joins him while we eagerly await them at shore, fresh crusty Maltese bread in hand, ready to devour such bounty.

Once the sea urchins are split and eaten it is very important to clean up the area. The empty sea urchins are returned to deep sea, where hundreds of fish would gather around nibbling on the empty shells.

Many make a fuss over spaghetti with sea urchins, I definitely prefer to eat them raw with fresh Maltese bread to scoop out their flesh. In my humble opinion the two do not compare, but…. After quite a few attempts and modifications to the recipe this  is the best version of ‘spaghetti with sea urchins’ eaten so far.

Spaghetti with Sea Urchins

Ingredients : Spaghetti, olive oil, garlic and a generous amount of sea urchin meat.

Method: Boil the spaghetti in salted water. When spaghetti are almost done heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic. Take the frying pan off the burner and add the sea urchins. Mix well with the boiled spaghetti. Season with salt and pepper. (It is  important not to use a very strong olive oil, otherwise it will take over the taste of the sea urchins)

Limpets found at the bottom of the sea are much larger than the ones found in shallow water. Many thanks go to the rest of us who patiently waited for me to take these photographs….Once ready, they vanished within minutes.

 

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