Ormers, oh how I have missed you.
I ❤️ ormers. Heavens, I even have gold jewellery homaging these meaty mulluscs.
So, what are ormers?
Quite simply put, an ormer is an edible sea creature.
First, let’s take a look at the ormer’s home, it’s shell, it’s packaging.
It’s been 50 years since I got my gnashers into this local delicacy, which is harvested from our shores at just a few spring tides a year.
My patience was rewarded recently when my sweet and kind Insta mate Kay from @kayed77_ shared with me her hubs’ catch.
But what exactly are ormers and what makes they so special that I’m raving on about them like a mad thing?
Well, here’s a little bit more detail
Ormers are found on shorelines from just north of the equator and no further north than the Channel Islands.
The mulluscs live on lower rocky shorelines, which are only exposed a few times a year in the colder months and at extremely low spring tides.
Guernsey’s tide varies by up to 10 metres and only low tides reaching that upper limit give access to the ormers’ habitat.
The meaty ormer innards need to be tenderised before cooking.
They are then tossed in seasoned flour and
fried gently in guernsey butter - and these ormers did not disappoint!
My personal preference is to eat the ormers fried, as above, but some then make them into a stew.
I am not that person.
Thank you soo much Kay and Paul 🙏🙏💋💋❤️❤️
Hugs, Mary x.
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They are then tenderised by bashing them with a rolling pin between two tea toe