Fritto of Monterey Bay squid, local anchovies, and gooseneck barnacles with saffron aïoli, asparagus, and lemon
The term “barnacle” originally referred only to this species of goose:
Back in the day, before anyone knew that birds migrated it was believed that these geese developed from the crustacean, since there was no evidence of nests. Because barnacles were often found attached to driftwood it was thought that there was in fact a “barnacle tree” from which geese hatched! It’s actually not that hard to see why the connection was made when you compare the two:
Although this article claims that they taste like “Poseidon’s armpit, but heavenly, like a mermaid’s burp” (huh? what?) Chef Jonah, never one to mince words, had a less Tolkienesque analogy: geoduck.
In taste? In texture?
Chef Jonah: Both. They taste a lot like small geoduck.
These delicious poppers are a rare occurrence in these parts, so now’s the time to taste for yourself.