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Short-spined sea urchin (Ezobafun uni)

Short-spined sea urchin (Ezobafun uni)

What is Ezobafununi?
Valued as the highest quality of sea urchin. Every sack of sea urchin tastes sweet and melts in the mouth. Sushi ingredient with the rich taste of the ocean. Goes well with dry wine or champagne.

Trivia:The thing we eat as " Sea urchin" is actually Sea urchin's gonad. And how to recognize the gender of sea urchins is to see the color of its gonad. Male gonad is deep yellow and female gonad is orange nearly red. The male gonad tastes more sweeter and rich.

What is the difference between Short-spined sea urchins and Green sea urchins?
While they are very similar to Green sea urchins (Bafun uni), Short-spined sea urchins (Ezobafun uni) are a size larger and have thick spines. Green sea urchins are 5cm in diameter and Short-spined sea urchins are 10cm in diameter. Green sea urchins are distributed from the southern areas of Hokkaido down to Kyushu. Short-spined sea urchins are mainly distributed in the Hokkaido and Tohoku areas. The most commonly eaten green sea urchins that are Short-spined sea urchins.

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Main production area

Hokkaido Aomori Iwate

Famous production area

Rishiri Rebun