Percebes (Portuguese Gooseneck Barnacles)

$90.00 ($45.00 / lb) - Appr. 2 lb(s)

Available in 2 pound quantities

Sizes vary from 15-25 per/pound.

Your first glance at percebes (aka gooseneck barnacles) is sure to be a memorable one. Remarkably unique but amazingly delicious, these ornate creatures are an adventurous delicacy that will create intrigue on both the plate and palate.

Our gooseneck barnacles are sourced along the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal. Growing in cold water along the nooks and cracks where rough ocean surf and rocky outcrops meet, harvesting them is difficult and dangerous.

Availability is directly affected by the weather, and while some barnacles can be stripped from the surf-beaten rocks by hand during low tide, others require a diver armed with a pry bar. They are distinguished by their elongated stalks, or necks, that are commonly one to three inches in length and have a leathery appearance akin to that of a geoduck. Portions of the shells in which they reside are frequently attached and are harvested in bunches, or bouquets, of three or four, but proliferate in large clusters along the intertidal zones.

Percebes are usually steamed or blanched to reduce the salty taste and to remove the rough skin from the shell. The flesh inside can be stripped and eaten.

Although enjoyable on their own, the addition of a garlic butter dip is recommended. Percebes are also an excellent addition to soups and chowders.

  • Harvest Region: Portugal


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