For my friends at home…kina is sea urchin.
Part of our group went snorkeling and kina harvesting. I had already snorkeled in Belize and will be snorkeling in Australia, so the very cold waters did not entice me. Luckily my fellows travelers harvested A LOT of kina that day.
I’ve never wanted to eat kina…not even the day that I did it. Peer pressure got to me and I even went first to get it over with. I wasn’t as brave as some who did a kina shot (mix everything up inside and shoot it…ummm yuck). I ate just the kina roe. First I ate it alone and then with a cracker. It wasn’t bad. Mostly the flavor was salty. I can’t understand why some people will pay hundreds of dollars for it. I likely won’t try it again, but I’m glad I did it.