The most expensive seafood in the world is called abalone and comes from the Galician estuaries

It is not oysters or even the delicious barnacles. The most valued seafood of the moment is called “abalone” and although this name may not be too familiar to you, you may know it by its other more common name “abalone”.

The abalone is easily distinguished by its turquoise-colored, iridescent shell. It lives in the cold, pure waters of Galicia and its popularity has been growing in recent years since its incorporation into Asian haute cuisine, where it is highly appreciated and considered a delicacy.

In 2003, Galician researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela initiated a project to cultivate it in the estuaries. They created the company GMA (Galician Marine Aquaculture) and in 2011 created a farm with model facilities, managed by qualified scientists. It is the first company in Europe to carry out the complete cultivation cycle, from the purification of seawater to the reproduction and fattening of the shellfish until the best specimens are obtained for commercialization.

In the wild, abalone can be found in the estuaries of Muros and Noia.

As we said a moment ago, this seafood is a favorite in Asian cuisine for its firm texture and mild flavor. In addition, it is rich in Omega-3 and high quality proteins.

It requires slow and gentle cooking to preserve its texture and flavor.

Its shell is also highly sought after by Galician goldsmiths and jewelers, for its beautiful iridescent colors that allow the creation of unique accessories (all shells are different). It is thought that this amalgam of colors is a consequence of the abalone’s diet, which consists of small microscopic algae.

Have you ever heard of this seafood? The truth is that it is not the most abundant in the traditional Galician gastronomy, but some Galician chefs like Pedro Roca bet on it for the preparation of gourmet dishes. Likewise, we are sure that you will enjoy any type of seafood from our estuaries during our tours. The gastronomic offer is very wide, from the rich clams and prawns to barnacles, crabs, lobster or the delicious scallops (which are also the emblem of the pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago).

If you are already in Galicia at this time, we take this opportunity to remind you that you are still in time to attend the LV Festa do Marisco do Grove, one of the gastronomic events of reference for seafood lovers and that this year lasts from September 22 to October 22. A unique opportunity to know all the ways of cooking Galician seafood and pay tribute to our palate with these rich seafood products.

Source: El País

Leave a Comment

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top