- eat the egg-like insides (eggs and sex organs).
- eggs (roe) are bright yellow and edible raw.
- do not eat if spines don't move or if smells bad when opened (i.e., already dead).
- look for sea urchins in tidal pools.
- crack open the urchin shell by placing it between two rocks.
- varieties in the Pacific Northwest are Red sea urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus),
Green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis),
and Purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus).
- warning: can cause painful injuries when stepped on or touched. Handle them with gloves, and remove all spines.