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Squid Ink: Squid Ink refers to the dark cloudy liquid that cephalopods release as a defense when being chased. It is known by many names (squid ink, cuttlefish ink, tinta calamar, nero di seppia, black squid ink, cephalopod ink, octopus ink) and they all refer to the inky black substance. It is very black, just a small amnount is enough for most dishes and like any ink can stain easily, so handle with caution. The printing term "sepia ink" comes from the cuttlefish genus latin name. Cuttlefish ink was the source of the dark pigment used in early inks.
Used in moderation squid ink will add a slightly salty flavor and dark black color to pasta, rice, fish... It can have a strong iodine taste if used excessively. Some popular dishes include squid in squid ink (Calamares en su Tinta), spaghetti in squid ink, squid ink risotto, Squid Ink Paella... Squid ink is most popular in Italy and Spain, and it's unique appearance and origin make it a gourmet delicacy in many other countries. Some people who work up the nerve to try it can't get enough of it. Most people refer to the taste as merely salty, it's not a strong or fishy flavor. It's very low in calories and is used more as a condiment, adding just a teaspoon or two to most dishes. Squid ink pasta can refer to either pasta with a black squid ink sauce, or black pasta manufactured with squid ink as one of the ingerdients.
In the sea cephalopods like squid, cuttlefish and octopus use the ink for protection. They release the ink as a predator attacks, and can release it in different ways depending on the situation. The ink's blackness comes from melanin which is a common organic pigment found in plants and animals.
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