Maine and California Sea Urchins (How To Prepare Sea Urchins for Uni)

A Maine urchin.

Careful.

A California urchin.

How to open a sea urchin for uni.

Hidden treasure.

Opening the California urchin.

Scoop out the roe with a spoon.

Wash and remove innards, rinse.

Remove black stuff.

Soak in a bowl, drain and return to shell.

For the occassion, a 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from a Sonoma trip in 2006.

California uni (urchin roe) have a deeper, richer flavor.

But no complaints on the Maine uni, a cool, unique taste that is full of ocean life.
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