Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin (Echinoidea)

Sea Urchin


Pick from rocks at low tide. Be careful as the spines of some varieties are poisonous.


Soak in clean fresh water.


  • Wash well before use.
  • Cut open with a knife.
  • Can be eaten raw.
  • Can be boiled or pickled.
  • (Rody, 1982)

Photo Source


Sea Urchin

There are a variety of edible sea urchins. The most commonly eaten meat, or roe, is found in the female urchin and is orange in color, whereas meat of the male is yellow (Rody, 1982).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – la’on
  • Hawaiian – wana
  • Kosraean – el
  • Marshallese – lar
  • Palauan – ibuchel; oalech
  • Samoan – kuikui; vaga
  • Yapese – lishare