Limpet (čuka, priljepak)

Reason #2: you can hunt your own seafood and make a meal out of it

Limpets are a type of sea snail.

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They can be found on rocks, just around sea level. Since the water on Brač is clear and clean, there’s many of them and they’re easy to spot and get to. You can eat them raw or cook them.

  • Step 1: take a short, pointy knife and a bag with you.
  • Step 2: find a rocky bay that no one’s pillaged recently.
  • Step 3: take off your shoes and socks and roll up your pants, step into the water.
  • Step 4: approach the little buggers gently. They are slightly loose (just hangin’), but don’t touch them or they’ll close up and you won’t be able to get them.
  • Step 5: swiftly stick the pointy end of the knife under the edge of their shell and pull. Make sure they don’t slip and fall in the water.
  • Step 6: put it in the bag and repeat the whole thing.

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Now you’ve got a bunch of them, you can either eat them right away raw for a great little protein meal. Just scrape them out of the shell with the knife.

Or, take them home and cook them. You can make a risotto, for a very filling meal. Or, just cook up a buzara, which is what I’ve done.

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, garlic, parsley, white wine, fresh bread…. and the limpets, of course.

You can separate the meat from the shells by throwing them in boiling water for a few seconds. If you prefer to leave them in, make sure you scrub the shells clean of sea grass.

Slowly fry finely diced onion, garlic and parsley in olive oil, then add the limpets and white wine. You can add some of the empty shells for flavor. For more soup, add water. Cook for … I forgot how long, but it’s very short.

Serve in a bowl. Dip bread. Dobar tek!

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