Gladly received tonight, by refrigerated courier, a shipment of fresh uni (sea urchin egg) taken yesterday from the Sanriku sea by Captain Yoshida of the Sei-eimaru, Sakihama harbour, Iwate Prefecture. He rather kindly included some hotate scallops too; they were still alive.
Here’s the uni itself. It is shipped in pure seawater, which means it never touches the alum preservatives that buyers use which imparts a rather chemical taste and discolours the eggs. Also, coming straight from the fisherman who has taken it from the sea the uni never passes through the hands of middlemen and is less than half the price of that at market.