Monday, January 29, 2018
Goose Neck Barnacle
Live gooseneck barnacles are a very rare and special gourmet delicacy. Typically this product is found only in Portugal and Spain, and can cost up to $80 per pound. The act of harvesting these barnacles is very difficult, and often times treacherous because of how the barnacles grow: on large, slippery boulders jutting out into the ocean, exposed to the constant barrage of the ocean. This makes the availability of this product very variable as a number of factors must be weighed before they can be safely harvested.
The flavor of gooseneck barnacles is somewhere between crab and razor clam, and reminiscent of a mildly briny oyster; they are soft in texture, with a gentle resistance. They are typically the size of your thumb or index finger, with approximately 30 to 40 pieces in a pound.