Octopus’ meat has unique texture – it is very smooth and firm. The edible skin is purple-black and covers snow-white flesh. Cooked meat is semitranslucent beige. Octopus’ diet based of high-quality shellfish gives it a mild, sweet flavour.
Octopus is an ideal component of a healthy diet as it is low in calories and rich in protein; it also has a low fat density. On top of nutrients typical for other seafood (i.a. omega-3 fatty acids), octopus’ meat contains large amounts of iron – essential for proper oxygen transfer and cell growth – and vitamin B12 which is important for the proper functioning of the brain, and for metabolism. According to some of its admirers, octopus also boosts libido.
Our octopus is blanched, thus the time required to make it soft is much shorter, and its skin should not be lost during cooking. To grill pre-cooked octopus, one can brush large-cut pieces with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and oregano. Alternatively, it is suitable for simmering in tomato-based stews or slow, long cooking in a wine sauce.