"Abalone, Awabi or Ormer" Top 5 Page for this destination Jersey Local Custom Tip by Jasen71
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Here in Jersey we call them ormers and know full well that these much sought-after shellfish are one of the finest culinary treats the seas have to offer. During the months with an R in them, and inconveniently only on a very low tide can one find the Ormer.
Catching them with diving gear of any sort is prohibited, so ormering involves a long trek down the shore, a scramble over weed-covered reefs and a careful search of every nook and cranny where your quarry might be lurking.
The search also involves turning over a great many rocks - which should of course be turned back to protect the many unwanted creatures which also seek refuge beneath them.
In spite of cold water, cold winds, scratched and bruised hands and sometimes meagre returns, many Islanders go ormering for pleasure as well as to search for a feed. If, however, the pastime were a feature of penal servitude with hard labour, it could be classified as a harsh and cruel punishment.
There has been rumours of chinese or japanese blackmarket in these ormers leading to illegal diving and selling of the ormer.
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