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Air-Flown Fresh Goose Barnacles

An Otherworldly Delicacy

Oth¬≠er¬≠wise known as percebes, the unusu¬≠al-look¬≠ing goose bar¬≠na¬≠cles are con¬≠sid¬≠ered a del¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠cy and a treat in Gali¬≠cia‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČall the more so because har¬≠vest¬≠ing them comes with quite a lot of danger.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

The goose bar¬≠na¬≠cle has two parts, the top being its claw-like shell and the bot¬≠tom being a tube rem¬≠i¬≠nis¬≠cent of a goose‚Äôs neck. It uses this tube‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČdark, with rub¬≠bery-look¬≠ing skin‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČto hang onto cliff¬≠side rocks. Beneath this skin hides its prized meat.

Briny and some¬≠what sweet, some peo¬≠ple say the meat tastes like a cross between lob¬≠ster and clam; oth¬≠ers claim it tastes some¬≠what like octo¬≠pus or scal¬≠lop. The meat of percebes is plump and juicy and, no mat¬≠ter where you land in the debate about what their intense taste reminds you of, you must admit, they con¬≠tain the essence of the sea.

PREPA­RA­TION OR PAIRINGS

It takes all of five min¬≠utes to pre¬≠pare percebes. Place them in a pot of salt¬≠ed min¬≠er¬≠al water and allow this to come to a boil, so that the shell¬≠fish becomes ten¬≠der. Drain the water and serve imme¬≠di¬≠ate¬≠ly, lemon wedges on the side com¬≠plete¬≠ly option¬≠al. You might also steam them with white wine or saut√© them in olive oil. The sim¬≠pler the recipe, the bet¬≠ter you will enjoy the nat¬≠ur¬≠al sea fla¬≠vor of this curi¬≠ous-shaped mollusk.

A HAR­VEST FRAUGHT WITH DANGER

Part of the rea¬≠son percebes are so cov¬≠et¬≠ed is the inher¬≠ent dan¬≠ger in col¬≠lect¬≠ing them. Perce¬≠beiros in thick wet¬≠suits use crow¬≠bars to hack them from the rocky cliff¬≠side in the part of the Atlantic called the Cos¬≠ta da Morte, where huge waves crash against the stones. The more vio¬≠lent the waves, the hard¬≠er the percebes cling to the rocks and, sup¬≠pos¬≠ed¬≠ly, the tasti¬≠er they become. It‚Äôs the high price‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČin all sens¬≠es for all involved‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČto be paid for such a delicacy.

DIS­CLAIMER ON AVAIL­ABIL­I­TY OF PRE-ORDERED AIR-FLOWN ITEMS

This is a pre-ordered item at The Bow Tie Duck and will only be avail¬≠able while the pro¬≠duc¬≠er from over¬≠seas is able to sup¬≠ply and allow air-flown deliv¬≠ery. Because this item is sub¬≠ject to sea¬≠son¬≠al avail¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty, we require a total min¬≠i¬≠mum quan¬≠ti¬≠ty of 3kg to be able to ship. If the min¬≠i¬≠mum is not met by our cut-off date, we will have to delay the entire ship¬≠ment. In case of deliv¬≠ery delays, deliv¬≠ery can¬≠cel¬≠la¬≠tions,‚Äč‚Äúout of stock‚ÄĚ notices, or‚Äč‚Äúout of sea¬≠son‚ÄĚ notices after pur¬≠chase, you will be con¬≠tact¬≠ed by our Sup¬≠port Team. You will receive a refund or prod¬≠uct replace¬≠ment, or you can choose a new deliv¬≠ery date for your item. In choos¬≠ing to place an order, you agree to the terms and have read that this par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar prod¬≠uct is not on-hand. After a short wait, you will receive your orders fresh from the source.

Storage Instructions

Store your fresh shell¬≠fish in the fridge, keep¬≠ing the tem¬≠per¬≠a¬≠ture between 0 to 5¬įC. Place it in a bowl with ice at the bot¬≠tom‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČor if you have the room, place ice in a large bowl, then place the shell¬≠fish in a slight¬≠ly small¬≠er bowl to sit in the large one‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČand cov¬≠er every¬≠thing up with a wet paper tow¬≠el. To enjoy them at their fresh¬≠est, please con¬≠sume them with¬≠in 48 hours.