Sea Urchin in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Sea Urchins are small, spiny sea creatures of the class Echinoidea
Contrary to popular belief, the portion of the sea urchin sold and served as one of the ocean’s most opulent treasures is not the roe. It is the gonads of this hermaphrodite sea creature that are scooped out of the urchin’s spiny shell in five custard-like, golden sections. Known in Japan as "uni" and traditionally considered an aphrodisiac, gonads is the only edible part of the urchin.
Sea urchins are found in oceans all over the world.