- Robert Anzell
I have eaten Percebes in Spain which are some of the most delicious seafood items I have ever eaten.They are also known as gooseneck barnacles.
I've heard that the demand in Spain is so great that local supplies are not sufficient to meet demands and so they are actually imported to Spain from areas in the American Northwest.
I would like to know if there is anyplace in the New York area where fresh Percebes (gooseneck barnacles) might be obtained.
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Hi Robert, You are not alone! I'll attach an old thread that may contain some tips that are still alive in Manhattan. Wild Edibles actually told me they could get them, and that wasn't so long ago either. I know they've been spotted at Balthazar, in their tiered seafood extravaganza, but I'd call ahead. I was on a fruitless search myself some five years ago! I finally had my first percebes in Portugal.
By the way, Chowhound discourages email responses because, as they often say, "Email helps one hound, posting helps the pack!" There could be droves of hounds craving those big barnacles. You never know. Good luck in your search. I agree that they're truly wonderful.
From what I understand, those Washington gooseneck barnacles are artificially farmed, whereas those in Galicia are not. To see the guys go gather them off the cliffs is incredible. There is a certain time of year (late fall? winter?) when they are at their peak and I remember displaced Gallegos living in other parts of Spain flocking en masse to the Galician restaurants to eat them.
I've heard the flavor of the farmed percebes is inferior--I've never tried them in the states, but I can certainly attest to the fact that there is no substitute for eating a food (particularly one as hard-won as percebes) in its natural habitat.