The cold, pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest are home to a variety of sea urchins, including Strongylocentrotus franciscanus. This species of red sea urchin provides our Pacific Northwest Premium (B Grade) Uni. Although each piece of Uni runs smaller in size and tends to be darker in color than our California Premium Uni, you will still enjoy a sweet, ocean fresh flavor and succulent texture that melts in your mouth. This product is great on its own right out of the package, or as part of any sushi experience! For maximum enjoyment, fresh uni should be consumed within 3-5 days upon delivery. Please note that some variations in color and texture may occur within the same package.
Did You Know?
Inside every sea urchin is the prize: bright orange to pale yellow “tongues” of Uni. Commonly referred to as roe, these soft golden tongues are actually the urchin’s reproductive organs! Uni has long been considered a delicacy in Japan and sushi bars worldwide, and in some cultures is even considered an aphrodisiac.
PNW Uni Grades
Gold (A-Grade): Bright gold, yellow or orange color. Creamy yet firm texture. Fresh ocean scent and ocean-sweet taste. Uni pieces are larger and mostly intact. This is exceptionally high-grade uni for use in top-quality sushi.
Premium (B-Grade): Still creamy yet firm texture, but darker yellow or orange in color. Uni pieces are smaller. Fresh ocean scent and ocean-sweet taste. Used for sushi and other dishes as the featured item.
Vana (C-Grade): Dark yellow or orange or even tending toward brown in color. Melty texture and slightly nutty flavor. Uni sections may be intact but are mostly broken pieces. Typically shipped frozen. Due to its ultra-soft consistency, vana is typically used in dishes where it is mixed with other ingredients, such as soups and sauces.