Monday, 23 September 2013


Percebes or Goose Barnacles, in English, are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone.

They have a strange look but they have a delicate fresh taste that is raved about by foodies the world over. Goose Barnacles cling to rocks along the western coast of Portugal and Galicia and seem to prefer the more precarious spots thereby making harvesting difficult and dangerous. The risk involved leads to these tasty morsels being highly prized and often incredibly expensive.

The usual method of cooking Percebes in Portugal is to simply boil them briefly and eat then as a starter, with a great Vinho Verde, like an Alvarinho.

If you visit Portugal, you have to experience this real delicacy !

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