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California Gold is our highest quality uni that has a bright yellow/orange color and the firmest texture. Our uni is world famous, having been featured in magazines like Vogue and Wolfgang Puck's television show. The sea urchin roe comes from urchins hand picked by local divers who deliver it to us fresh daily. We process it within 24 hours, giving it the highest freshness and quality.

Sea Urchins are bottom feeding “echinoderms” that are found in every ocean around the world. The urchins that we process, Strongylocentrotus franciscanus range from dark blackish purple to red in color. They are covered with short to long spines. The diameter of the shell can get up to 6 inches. The average weight of a sea urchin is one pound. California Sea Urchins are found off the coast usually in about 50 feet of water in kelp beds.

Sea Urchins are harvested for their internal roe—“uni” in Japanese—that is considered an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Uni is known as a delicacy in Japan and sushi bars worldwide because of its sweet flavor and succulent texture that melts in your mouth. The exact technique of processing uni is a trade secret that has been perfected over the last 20 years by Catalina Offshore Products. In fact, the business started with owner Dave Rudie diving for sea urchins & seaweed. Sushi bars from across the country know that the best uni sushi comes from Southern California, and Catalina Offshore Products. We keep our product in coolers that are maintained at 32 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit until it is packed and shipped daily. We pack in insulated containers with gel-ice for the best quality. Wooden trays house the strips of uni for a traditional Japanese presentation.

Uni Grades: The gold and premium grades of uni are always fresh, and the vana is frozen unless otherwise requested to be fresh. All uni tastes good and can be eaten raw.

California Gold: Bright yellow/orange, firm texture (formerly A-Grade)

California Premium: Mild yellow color, softer pieces (formerly B-Grade)

Vana: Dark color, melting soft, also known as Vana (formerly C-Grade)

San Diego Sea Urchin Divers

A group of ten San Diego divers harvest California sea urchin by hand in fertile kelp beds less than two miles off the San Diego coastline.

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Urchin Diver harvesting on the ocean floor

Sea urchin fishing can be a hazardous occupation, and only a select number of permits are released. Divers must battle unreliable conditions in rocky coastal areas; as well as rely on air from either a heavy scuba tank or traditional hookah rig - a hose attached to an air compressor far above on the boat. To pluck the spiny urchins off the rocky sea bottom, divers use a hand rake and carry a net for collection.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 41 Write a review.

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mixed quality May 22, 2014
Reviewer: Jason from Durham, NC United States  
Have ordered both gold and premium quality uni many times. Flavor is pretty consistent but the texture is not. One time, it was over 50% liquified by the time it reached my house. I contacted customer support and they refunded the purchase price, citing that it was more likely the transport (FedEx) service jostling the package than inferior product. I love uni but if I had this at a restaurant, I'd call it average at best. Next time, I think I'll try the live product if they have it in stock.

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Outstanding Product and Service November 15, 2013
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from OK United States  
I ordered California Gold Uni and stone crab claws. The crab was rock solid on arrival and the uni was firm, sweet and nestled snugly in their little box with no slippage and no mush. The care you guys put into the packing of your product for shipping was impressive and the contents were in perfect condition. Thank You!!

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Sweet, Succulent, and Delicious July 14, 2012
Reviewer: Ryan from Orlando, FL United States  
I'm actually sad that Catalina will be on Bizarre Foods next week because I want to keep this company a secret from the general public.   Sweet, plump, and beautiful pieces of Uni.  I will be a customer for a long time to come.

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Good but not great March 16, 2012
Reviewer: John Certainty from North Falls, SC United States  
I think I received California Premium, and not California Gold.  It doesn't look all that fresh, but it tasted alright.  I think I'll go for the Premium next time...

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All gone March 13, 2012
Reviewer: Timothy Clayton from Palm Springs, CA United States  
Uni was shipped yesterday and arrived at 12:30 today....Great work Catalina. This Uni is fresher than my local sushi bar has. The taste is just exquisite. Was going to use for nigiri...Too late. All gone.

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