- A rare and exquisite delicacy
- Hand-harvested in Vancouver
- Free overnight shipping
- Exclusively harvested by native Canadian peoples
- Only legal, sustainable percebes in North America
- Size - 1 pound - 30 to 40 percebes
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The wildest, most spectacular food in Spain is percebes! Traditionally, these precious goose barnacles are harvested by hand from wave battered rocks in Galicia in the north of Spain. Now we have discovered a source in the Pacific Northwest, and can deliver them fresh to your door.
Percebes are arguably the most expensive food in Spain, fetching up to $200 per kilo at fine restaurants. The reason? Each delicious one is harvested by hand from treacherous wave-battered rocks. Foragers dash between giant crashing waves to cut away a small handful of these precious barnacles, a very dangerous endeavor indeed.
While fresh percebes are not available in the U.S. from Galician sources, we recently discovered a source sustainably harvested in the Clayoquot Sound off of the western coast of Vancouver Island. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation tribe from Canada has exclusive rights to harvest a restricted amount of this amazing seafood.
Waves from the Pacific smash into the rocks of the area, bathing the percebes in cool, fresh, nutrient rich sea water - creating a habitat much like the one found in Galicia.
This rare seafood is amazingly delicious and very simple to prepare. Percebes capture the taste of the sea with a flavor evoking fresh clams and lobster. Boiled in briny water (sea water is best!), they are ready to eat in minutes. Simply grasp the shell and peel away the outer skin to expose the flesh - tender and bright orange as coral, with a sweet, rich flavor. Be sure not to spill the juices which are the most flavorful part!
Percebes range in size from one to three inches. The native Canadians harvest them from a remote inlet and deliver them to our partners in Vancouver. Within a couple of days, the precious goose barnacles are packed in coolers with ice packs and shipped directly to you!
The Clayoquot percebes harvest is considered sustainable by the Ocean Wise program of the Vancouver Aquarium.
Cooking instructions: Fill a pot so that the water will cover the percebes. Ideally you would use fresh seawater, but adding sea salt is nearly as good. Add about 4 Tbsp of sea salt per quart of water. Bring to a boil. Add the percebes. Bring to a boil again. Pour into a colander, put them in a bowl and you are ready to eat! In Galicia the saying goes: "auga a ferver, percebes botar, auga a ferver, percebes sacar."
Serving instructions: Grasp each barnacle by the shell and carefully remove the outer skin. This will expose the tender orange flesh, take a bite and savor the essence of the sea! There are usually rich, flavorful juices in the foot, a delicious sip of barnacle goodness. Serve with a dry white wine or a cold beer. One pound is enough to share with several people, around 30 to 40 pieces.
Storing and handling: stored in the refrigerator in a bowl, removed from packaging, the barnacles will stay fresh for up to five days. Never put the barnacles in water until the moment you cook them.
Percebes (goose barnacles).
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"Truly OUTSTANDING I have heard of these for years and finally tried to try them I had thought a pound was too much for me alone so I invited some friends to join me and they too loved them "
caminoperegrino - Charlotte, NC - Jun 12, 2017
"Read about these in a magazine, thought I'd give them a try. They present as ugly and unappetizing, but prepared easily, tasted great and were a real crowd pleaser at a recent party. Worth the cost for the experience."
Rocket - Royal Oak, MI - Mar 21, 2017
"I was surprised how fresh they are. It smelled like the briny sea. The taste was like out of this world."
Joseph - Hollis Hills, NY - Mar 4, 2017
"Just received my percebes. What I am most surprised about is the small size as compared to the pictures. Will follow up after tasting them tonight!"
Carmen H - Friendswood, TX - Feb 24, 2017
"We have a new tradition of eagerly awaiting these treasures. Our friends also love them."
Steve - Winston Salem, NC - Oct 13, 2016
"I'd have to go to Cape Verde, to savor any better. A treat to be shared with just a few loved ones. "
Henry Mulzac - Rockville, MD - Apr 28, 2016
"These Percebes barnacles are exquisite. They are easy to prepare and have a taste similar to a combination of lobster and mussels. I highly recommend them. You will not be disappointed. "
Daniel - Phoenix - Feb 28, 2015
"taste so good !!! I feel I am in Spain "
Elisa - Jan 9, 2010