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That sounds FANTASTIC!
Besides their spines in me on quite a few occasions, I've never had sea urchin.
For sure going to try it this weekend!
Is there a way of telling the male from the female urchins?
The male has a "total black" look, the female has shades of purple/brownish/blueish colour.
I'm just not sure that the urchins we have in the Mediterranean are the same you have in South Africa (and I don't know if SA urchins are edible).
Landshark, we have two kinds (probably more, but these are what I see). The black ones with long spines, that we don't eat. And a red/green one with shorter spines that we do. The roe are big and fat, like thumb size or bigger. The taste is strange, sweet, like nothing else I can think of.
We open ours from the top, in the Italian cooking video they are seen to open from the bottom with sheers. We put them base down on something hard, and with the spine of a heavy knife bash the top whilst turning, making about a 60mm circle. This circle eventually pops up and can be lifted out slowly, so as not to break the roe, with fingers. A finger is then pushed back between the row and the shell, lifting each roe out. There are 5. I have been doing it for 5 years now and only just have the hang of it. And stained fingers for a week!
Let us know how yours turn out.
......I have to wonder, though, what kind of mind would give urchin roe to a six-year-old and why?