Yesterday hubby and I went to the beach to relax and invited three of my college buddies – Dave, Shy and Fly. Our first plan was to go to Isla Reta but that would require more preparation so we just settled for Bago Beach Resort in Gulf View, Puan, Davao City. I prepared panga sa tuna (tuna jaw), pork barbecue and lechon manok (roasted chicken) while Dave was in-charge of the drinks and Shy and Fly bought chichirias (junk food). So yon lang… no hassle. We just want to unwind and catch up with the latest happenings in our lives and that’s exactly what we did. Di na nga kami naligo sa dagat coz we ran out of time sa kaka-chika. Hehe.
Anyway, while we were busy chitchatting, a Badjao (sea gypsy) approached us selling a basinful of purple sea urchins. There were about 10 pieces and he’s selling it for 100 pesos but I only bought 1 just to try it because I have never eaten a sea urchin before. Some say it’s yummy but for me I find it icky and yucky. It tastes like
phlegm! Eeeww! :oops: Here are some of the photos I took…
Purple Sea Urchins
You have to eat it right way because the “meat” will melt once exposed to open air.
FYI: Purple Sea Urchin (Arbacia punctulata)
These urchins can be purple, brown, or black in color. They grow to about 2″ (5 cm) in diameter, not including the spines which can each be 1″ (2.5 cm) long. These creatures feed upon sponges, algae, and small invertebrates. Walking along with the help of their tube feet, they can be found near rocks or on hard shell bottoms. They are found in the Bay throughout the year.