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update:January 20, 2016

Iidako (Octopuses)/いいだこ

 

Iidako (Ocotpus ocellatus) are edible, small octopuses that shrink to about 5 or 6 centimeters when boiled. In Japanese, Ii means “cooked rice.” Dako is derived from the Japanese word tako, which means octopus. The reason it is named this is because the eggs in its mantle have the same shape and texture as rice, giving the consumer the feeling of eating cooked rice.

They are in season twice a year; summer iidako and winter iidako. Summer iidako are more popular because that is when there are more eggs giving it prime flavor.

The popular fishing method is to put a female iidako in a trap and place it in the bay. The males then unknowingly enter the trap and are soon on the dinner table.