The murex has been a favourite sea mollusc since time immemorial. The famous purple liquid, used to dye fabrics, is extracted from two molluscs from the Mediterranean, one of which is the murex. Greek legend has it that one day Hercules was walking his dog along the beach and he thought it had been hurt by a shell. However he realised that the liquid which appeared to stain the dog’s nose was not actually blood but a pigment produced by the mollusc it had just eaten.
TIP: treat yourself to a rather special aperitif: boil some murex, leave to cool then remove the molluscs from their shells and season with some extra virgin olive oil, black pepper and a splash of lemon juice. Add a couple of parsley leaves and enjoy.