Gastronomy: Percebes

Galicia is famous for its gastronomy.  For instance, we have Padrón peppers doused in olive oil and sprinkled with salt, caldo gallego, and my personal favorite; pulpo á la feira.  Galicia is particularly famous for its excellent quality marisco, or seafood.

Percebes, or goose barnacles are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to the hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam along the coast. They have a strange appearance, slightly resembling a foot and toe, but that is exactly how they got their name. Percebe derives from the Latin words: pollicis (thumb) and pedis (foot).

Due to a small production and the risk percebeiros take to harvest them, percebes are quite expensive. This video has been beautifully put together to capture how much hard work goes into a harvest.


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