Kina is a "polarizing" seafood - either you love it - to the point of an addiction - or you hate it - in fact more than hate - you are dead scared of it.
The Kina is a sea urchin - that lives amongst the seaweed on New Zealand's rocky coastal shores - in similar habitat to the Paua.
The Kina is sought for its buttery roe which you can see above.
Kina is said to be absolutely bursting with vitamins and goodness.
In terms of eating the lady behind the counter at Guytons Seafood (Nelson) recommended "raw" - they were selling punnets. I tried it - the flavour yip.. creamy... seafoody... salty... pretty intense.
Some recipe's below:
|2||cups prepared fresh kina tongues (poha)|
|2||rashers lean bacon|
|1||cup fresh kina tongues (poha)|
|1||teaspoon baking powder|
|½||cup milk salt and pepper|