We joined a local chef for a morning walk trough, tasting and shopping at the local market in Castro, Chile, on Chiloé Island. In addition to seeing some really fresh produce, fish and seafood, we had the opportunity to learn about some local culinary traditions.
We found out that Charles Darwin made note of the hundreds of potato varieties grown on Chiloé Island during a visit in 1834. Recent genetic studies confirm that the island is the original source of 90% of all potatoes grown around the world! The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared Chiloé a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (SIPAM in Spanish) in 2012, recognizing the sometimes unusual ancestral farming methods still used by Chiloétes (as locals are called) today.
“Uni (oo-nee) is the Japanese name for the edible part of the Sea Urchin. While colloquially referred to as the roe (eggs), uni is actually the animal’s gonads (which produce the milt or roe). Uni ranges in color from rich gold to light yellow, and has a creamy consistency that some love and is off-putting to others. It is nevertheless one sushi item that is in incredible demand around the world, which is reflected in its price. Sea Urchins are a rare treat for those who acquire a taste.” — http://www.sushifaq.com