What is tsubugai in sushi?ツブ貝
This time, I looked into the various names and seasons for sushi tsubugai.
How to call tsubugai
【tsubugai】whelk ツブガイ ツブ貝
There are many types of whelks, but rather than referring to just one shellfish, it is often used as a general term for shellfish classified in the genus Ezobora and genus Ezoboidae. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a shellfish called a whelk, so be careful. Other names for whelks include matsubu” for shellfish of the family Ezoidae,lighthouse whelk” for shellfish with elongated spiral stripes, and “iso whelk” for shellfish caught in relatively shallow waters. are distinguished by.
The peak season for tsubugai
The seasons of whelks (torigai) vary depending on their ecology. More details below.
Whelk: The spawning period for whelks is from early summer to summer. Therefore, the best time to enjoy delicious whelks is in early spring when the flesh is the most mature. On the other hand, whelks are caught year-round in the waters around Japan, changing their landing locations. Regardless of the season, whelks are available on the market, so if you avoid the spawning season, you can enjoy relatively delicious whelks at any time.
Whelk is a general term for shellfish of the genus Ezobora in the family Ezoidae, and the major production area is Hokkaido. There are more than 20 types of edible shellfish belonging to the genus Ezobora. Many of the shellfish of the family Ezoidae are often treated as whelks.