I love this 'hoya' 窶｢ﾃ帚?禿ｩ, ﾅ?Cﾂ湘｢. ﾋ弖ﾅ?C窶詫 sea squirt (1850) or ascidian (1856); they make one of the best chasers *slurrrps* :liplick:
As for looks and texture (yellow part) somewhat close to yellow peach with a heavenly scent ! Best eaten fresh & raw.
As for the sinuous shell, it's as tough as cow hide, so you can enjoy it for a good 30 min before swallowing ! Can be eaten raw or boiled.
MW 10th Collegiate on ascidian:
etymology [New Latin Ascidia, group comprising turnicates < Ascidium, genus name < Greek askidion, diminutive of askos wineskin, bladder]
definition: any of a class (Ascidacea) of solitary or colonial sessile turnicates that have an oral and an atrial siphon -- called also sea squirt.
Sea squirts are an animal species with many characteristics of plants.
These two Latin names are commonly found among popular sea squirts found in Japan:
ﾂ“Styela clavaﾂ” (leathery sea squirt) and ﾂ“Styela Plicataﾂ”.
A solitary sea squirt has a long club-shaped body tapering to a slender and tough stalk. 12 cm tall, the stalk can be a third of the total length. The surface of the sea squirt can be leathery with folds and swellings. The two openings (siphons) at the top end are close together.
The sea squirt, is a small slug-like creature that was previously best known for eating its own brain: once it has found an appropriate rock to set up home on it has no further use for its brain, and digests it. (!!!) WHERE ARE THEY? Found in shallow water on hard surfaces.
Often found in sheltered warm water docks and harbours. What do they eat?
They feed on plankton.
I had these at my friend's house last month, and I was surprised how good they were! Being a biology major I knew what these were right away, and was rather loth to try them, but I'll try anything once, so I ate one....and then a few more. The texture is reeeally weird, like someone else said it's like a peach, but with a coarse/paste-like inner layer. At least I can say I've eaten them...
Not having eaten someone else's brain, might I say it shall be free of Mad Cow Disease, BSE, or CJD ?
And also, no pain, nor struggle, nor competition, no stress, no sad memories to anguish over; all this would give it a very heatlhy chemistry, happy meat so to speak.
I would say sea squirts can be rightfully called the Buddha of the sea.