Sea urchin quality

Please refer also to the general quality assessment checks for all sensory criteria, which cover all seafood.

Appearance

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Rich orange, yellow or brown colour

Slightly dull, "sticky" appearance; irregular darkening; drying at edges

Colour is somewhat dependent on species, sex and time of harvest.

Odour

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None, or faint "sea" smell

Increasing odour

Texture

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Texture obvious

Texture becoming less evident

Taste

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Strong, sweet, pleasant

Lacking sweetness