Sea pineapple "Hoya" ほや

The pineapple of the ocean

Hoya or sea squirts, also known as sea pineapples, look and taste unique. It is an acquired taste when eaten raw with a strong ‘oceany’ flavour, but they may also be served grilled, deep-fried, dried, salted or smoked. Known as a delicacy of Northern Japan (in Japan, the vast majority are landed off the coasts of Miyagi and a couple other prefectures in Tohoku), sea squirts are also eaten on the Korean peninsula, Chile, France, Italy and Greece. The seafood is quite like magic – in Minamisanriku, it is widely said that the local hoya has such a magical taste that it will make any sake taste amazing. Definitely a must-try while you are in town!

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