Jellyfish on my plate 2
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Not long ago, I wrote a post on eating jellyfish and how it can help the ecology. It made me wonder if people are actually ready to taste a different kind of creature. I researched a bit more on it and found out interesting facts.
If you live in Maritime territory, then you’ll soon taste dishes made of Rhopilema, or sand jellyfish. Russian scientists have come up with devices that can prepare dishes from jellyfish. This is because sand jellyfish have grown a lot in Russia in the past few years. With their growing numbers, they are a danger to the ecology, and eating them would be a favorable option for many reasons.
There are 12 edible medusas, and out of them, the sand jellyfish is considered the most delicious, making it the most expensive as well. This is why many people fish for sand jellyfish. About a decade back, the Rhopilema wasn’t that extensively found. According to Russian scientists, they have been brought by the warm currents coming from the neighboring country, China.
The local climate of Russia favors the growth of medusas and now you can see that there are huge quantities of these jellyfish in China Sea and the Sea of Japan. These jellyfish are completely harmless, but they can die with sunlight and rough touching.
Sand jellyfish are loved not just in China, but also in Korea. If you visit any Korean top restaurant, you will notice that they all have sand jellyfish as an exquisite delicacy. According to the master chefs, sand jellyfish does not have a special taste in itself. It’s the addition of spices, herbs and seafood that give the fish its flavor. And because it’s transparent in appearance, it is called crystal meat in China.
Though sand jellyfish might be a very popular food item in Korea and China, it is still not very popular in Russia. The technology developed by scientists helps them retain the mineral properties of the jellyfish. They are preparing to sell the jellyfish extract because of its medicinal qualities.
And since jellyfish is largely popular in China, I’m thinking in no time it will be famous all around the world.