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Octopus from Spain

Octopus from Spain

(Octopus vulgaris): WILD CAUGHT


Octopus, also knon as pulpo, is a cephalopod, harvested and highly-prized among many fishing communities worldwide. Fished off the Canary Islands, the warmer waters yield a naturally smaller and sweeter-tasting species than those found in Asian waters.

Generally speaking, Octopi are found around the world in temperate and tropical waters – some weighing well over 100 lbs. – and can thrive in both shallow and deep ocean waters. Named for their eight tentacles, octopus have no internal skeletons, and once cleaned of their eyes, sharp beak, viscera and ink sacks, the entire body can be cooked. Octopi are harvested in traps that mimic their shelters and are often even baited. The color of their skin, which is edible, is commonly purplish-black and capable of changing color to camouflage itself from predators. When prepared, their meat turns white.

Immediately after catch, our Baby Octopus are “tumbled”, using a proprietary method in which sea salt and ice water are washed over the octopus, tenderizing the meat and giving it a briny bite. To complete the tenderization process, they are then frozen onboard to ensure optimum quality and freshness. Unlike any other seafood, the freezing and tenderizing process loosens the cell structures of the animal, creating a truly unique texture. This process helps remove the age-old process of boiling first to tenderize meat – which can be tough if not handled properly.

There are sea few animals that are as visually stunning as a octopus when cooked. Purple-tinged arms curl and twist into an eye-catching swirl that looks more like a piece of art than a meal on a plate. Plain Octopus has a delicate flavor that’s slightly sweet and similar to sea scallops. In fact, the flavor of octopus can be so mild that it’s hard to dislike; however, it sometimes presents a textural challenge. To overcome this challenge is an art, but is certainly made easier with the help of a tenderized product such as this one. A favorite for sushi, it is also wonderful when boiled, fried, simmered in stews, coated lightly with olive oil and grilled, and even smoked.

We carry a variety of octopus and squid products at Browne Trading.

Catch Region: Spain & Canary Islands

Seasonality: Year round

Catch Method: Trap-caught

Yield: 100%

Flavor Profile: Delicate, slightly-sweet, briny

Texture Profile: Very firm yet tender when cooked


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