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violet de mer

sea squirt

violets de mer

An increasingly rare delicacy in Marseille, harvested from the rocky bottom of the sea bed, violets de mer (sea squirts) have iodine-rich, vitamin-packed, yellowish-orange flesh much appreciated by aficionados on a plateau de fruits de mer.

Also known as figues de mer, bijus, patates de mer, violets de roche or according to some, as the Viagra de la mer.

Fish and seafood

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by mister coquillage