Caught in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska, our Pacific Octopus can be eaten raw (sashimi-style) or cooked. Because each arm is big (around 3 pounds), you’ll have enough to try a variety of ways. When raw, Pacific Octopus has a sweet taste & smooth texture. When cooked, its sweetness comes through with a meaty, crunchy texture.
- According to the Alaska Sealife Center, populations of giant Pacific octopus are thought to be stable, despite the challenge of researching these reclusive species with short life-spans. (ASC, Giant Pacific Octopus)
- Catch limits for fishers are in place to protect the Pacific Octopus population in Alaska. (ADFG, Giant North Pacific Octopus)
- Rich in vitamins & minerals.
- Low fat, great source of complete protein.
- Along with eight arms, octopus also has three hearts and nine brains (a central one, plus one on each arm).
- They can change colors in less than one tenth of a second. (Oceana, Giant Pacific Octopus)
- Since their only solid organs are two small plates around their mouths, fully-grown octopus can fit through spaces smaller than 3 inches. (ADFG Pacific Octopus)
- Long, slow cooking; roasting or grilling is the way to go, you'll know octopus is done when you can poke it with a fork & it feels soft.
- Great in stews, paella, & pasta dishes.