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Try Some Uni!

First, what exactly is uni?

Uni, also known as sea urchin, is a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world, including Japan. Uni is also commonly used in pasta, eggs, soup, etc.

When you come to our Japanese restaurant in Seattle, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try the fine delicacy that the Japanese call uni sushi. This is a form of nigiri sushi made with the edible part of sea urchins. Fans of this sushi love its creamy consistency and its light, sweet taste, which has made uni a highly-sought after dish throughout the world.

The meat used on uni sushi is often mistaken for the sea urchin’s eggs. However, it is in reality the organs that produce the eggs or milt. Some people therefore consider uni sushi to be a form of aphrodisiac. Though there may not be much real scientific evidence to support for this claim, it remains true that uni is a rare and fascinating treat for the avid sushi lover. Try it out at I Love Sushi in Seattle!

How is Nori Farmed?

What is Nori?

Nori is edible seaweed species that is often used in Eastern Asian cuisines and of course, sushi!

Our sushi restaurant in Seattle could hardly function without the Japanese seaweed known as nori. It’s a big part of a lot of the food in Japan, most recognizably in the form of the dried strips that hold much of the sushi together. For this reason, the country has mastered the complex art of farming the seaweed.

Demand for Nori

In order to meet the great demand for nori, Japan makes use of 230 square miles of coastal waters to put out a full 350,000 tons of the seaweed each year. The nori farmers spread large nets out on the surface of the water, then seed them with the seaweed. The nori grows quickly, and is ready for harvest in only forty-five days. After harvest, the nori will be shredded, dried, and roasted, after which it is ready to wrap around the sushi we all know and love.