We went to the aquarium recently, and in the room with the (gorgeous) jellyfish, they had a display touting jellyfish as a snack food. I had never in my life heard of eating jellyfish before, so I was immediately intrigued! It looks a lot like dried squid, which I think is delicious. From what I’ve read, it doesn’t have a lot of taste by itself, but it’s more than happy to soak up whatever type of seasoning or sauce you want to put it in. The aquarium even provides a recipe on their site for a cold jellyfish salad, which I think definitely sounds worth a try.
Reading up on it, jellyfish harvesting has an interesting history, too. They’ve been eaten in China for over 1700 years, often as part of wedding banquets. It’s now eaten all over Southeast Asia, with Japan importing 5,400 to 10,000 tons of jellyfish products per year. While jellyfishing is one of the state’s largest fisheries in Georgia, I’m not sure how easy it is to find Jellyfish here in the states. Most of the jellyfish harvested in the US are exported to those Southeast Asia countries that are already familiar and enamored of the food.
However! I’m going to try my best to scrounge up some jellyfish from somewhere. I’m hoping my local Japanse market might have it nestled away somewhere. If not, I can always pay exorbitant prices to have it shipped to me from Amazon (it’s not Prime eligible, I’m afraid). Once I’ve managed that, I plan to try out that jellyfish salad the aquarium recommends!
I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime, as a parting gift and an apology for our departure from our regular bean-centric programming, here’s a picture of the way-too-adorable Lumpsucker that also had a house at the aquarium.