Blowfish Ovaries Pickled in Rice-bran Paste
How are they made?
"Blowfish ovaries pickled in rice bran" is a traditional delicacy produced in Ishikawa Prefecture. The fact that the deadly poison contained in blowfish ovaries is removed through the pickling process makes this food unique in the world. The production process, which takes three whole years, is outlined below.
Removal of the ovaries
Pickling in salt
Removal of salt
Pickling in rice-bran paste
Pouring of fish sauce
Changing the positions of the barrels
End of pickling
Inspection and shipment
* Only qualified people who have authorization from the prefecture are allowed to process blowfish, and they must do so in accordance with Ishikawa Prefecturefs gRegulations for the Handling of Blowfishh in an authorized facility that meets set standards.
Moreover, blowfish ovaries pickled in rice-bran paste are only sold after having been checked for safety through a toxicity inspection, and other tests.
Blowfish contain dangerous poison, so never try to prepare this food yourself.