Little River Inn in Mendocino preserves the old ways of foraging and fermenting

The flavor of uni, which comes from the reproductive organs of the red sea urchin, is similar to that of briny oysters, with a creamy, sweet flavor that tastes like the sea.

However, when sea urchins are starving, they go into a hibernation state, and their reproductive organs shrink. This helps them survive difficult conditions and live to be 100 or 200 years old, according to a study by Oregon State University.

In an effort to save the abalone and bring back the struggling kelp forests, diving associations, marine conservation and education organizations have banded together to fund a California Department more at

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