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Disgusting Food Item of the Week

December 18, 2008
Percebes (goose neck barnacles)

Percebes (goose neck barnacles)

Percebes, also called goose neck barnacles, are a shellfish with a long, soft body like the neck of a goose, hard shells at the top, and a ‘foot’ at the bottom that attaches them to rocks. They only grow on rocks exposed to heavy surf, and only grow in several parts of the world. They are highly sought after as a rare delicacy, savoured for their lovely texture and flavour which is somewhat like crab or lobster.

Why would anyone eat something that looks like this? From what I read, it’s quite popular amongst Hard-core Foodies in Spain. And I thought only Japanese people ate weird crap from the ocean.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2008 10:43 pm


    It looks like somebody popped a pimple and made a delicacy out of it.

    (Sorry, THAT was probably more disgusting than the picture of the barnacles)

  2. Claire Lynch permalink
    December 19, 2008 6:04 pm

    Have you seen that show on Food Network with Andrew Zimmern? He eats the most disgusting things. I can’t even watch more than about 5 minutes of that show without feeling the urge to toss my cookies. He probably enjoys those barnicle things. Yuck!

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