Barnacle characteristics

Miss Bonbon, the Queen of the parties.

  • Common name: Barnacles
  • Scientific name: Pollicipes pollicipes
  • Gender: Female
  • Origin: Galician
  • Current residence: The Galician Rías Baixas
  • Occupation: Event organizer.
  • Family relations:
  • Other friendly relations: Good roll with the prawns.


  • Height: Between 4 and 12 cm.
  • Weight: Depending on the season.
  • Always wearing a bikini.

Nutritional values

  • Energy (in kilocalories): 60 Kcal
  • Fat (in grams):5 g
  • Protein (in grams):6 g
  • Vitamins: Vitamin A, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E
  • Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc.

History and presentation

I am the Queen of the parties, Miss Bonbon, although you can call me Pollicipes pollicipes.

I’m a crustacean like that, just like mussels. I live next to the rocks, where we grow up in colonies.

Barnacles are found in many parts of the world such as Morocco, France, Canada or the Pacific coast.

But I have to say that the good, quality barnacle is the one that is plucked in Galicia by the Percebeiros.

We are made up of a stalk and a nail. The peduncle is the edible part, formed by a fleshy part with a skin covered by scales, at the top there are several pieces that form the barnacle’s claw.

We are the authentic delicacy of the Galician estuary, which brings to the palate an intense taste of sea, with low fat and cholesterol content, and above all with zero carbohydrates, therefore ideal to keep the line as I do.

I am convinced that this year, there will be neither Canadian nor Moroccan barnacles coming to compete with me because they don’t get on my feet.

Because this year by order of our Coconut King, I am the organizer of the Festival of Flavors of the Sea.

I’m super excited and I want everything to be perfect. The oyster team is already preparing the guest list, the royal prawns are everywhere making sure that everything is kept in order, because sometimes between the rising and falling tides the waves make the estuary a chaos.

They say that this year there will be more participants than ever and that some of them are not playing fair. The people from the Pacific bring some seaweed that they say tastes like me, but I tell you that it doesn’t.

But there is nothing that equals the Galician flavour of the barnacles from the estuary, which is why I am convinced that the team of the seafood from the Galician rías bajas will be able to beat them all.

My talk is over, I have to look for Camarón el Cocinillas, to organize the real food of the opening day of the festival and the closing party that will be remembered in all the coasts as the best of the seas and oceans in a long time.

You can’t miss it!

Buy Barnacles

Barnacles are a type of Galician seafood that has an excellent flavour. Many people use it for their regular diet. It has magnificent properties that any kind of person can enjoy.

When buying Percebes online, you should know about its excellent properties. Before ordering it from your home, you should know that it has fantastic nutritional characteristics.

This seafood is a crustacean that has a great source of minerals and vitamins. Many nutrition experts recommend it as a great source of energy to add to your meals.

There are different ways to cook these shellfish. The best known recipe in the area of Galicia, is the cooked Percebes. These have an excellent flavour that you can incorporate to accompany your favourite dishes.

Another advantage of these seafoods is that they are one of the cheapest products we can find in the market. Moreover, as if this were not enough, they have an excellent quality, typical of the north of Spain.

At the same time, the products that are bought online and delivered to your home, stand out for being totally fresh. This is because it is a seafood that is usually found in the catch of the day.

What kind of Barnacles to buy?

As for barnacles, we can say that there are different types to accompany your meal. These have different characteristics that you can find out about here.

The first thing to note is that there are different sizes of this type of seafood. So, you can find small ones, as well as medium ones and also what is bigger. This will depend on the type of food you plan to cook.

Within the barnacles, we also find others that grow for example on the coasts of Morocco. At the same time, there is another type that grows on the coasts of Canada that has different characteristics to the Galician ones that tend to be more tasty.

A great advantage of Galician barnacles is that they have a large amount of meat and substance. This makes it one of the most sought after by the best restaurants on the planet to prepare their best dishes.

Once you have looked for the type that suits your needs, you can buy online and we will take it to your home. In this way, you will have a healthy and fresh product that can be part of your daily meals.

If you want to buy other Galician seafood, have a look at our seafood shop.