Can you eat the octopus head? The head of a small octopus is not a very substantial thing—it’s a balloon-like casing—thin and less flavorful than the tentacles if only because it is so insubstantial, but it doesn’t hurt to have them in your frying pan and on your plate.
What is the black stuff in octopus head? When threatened, many species of octopuses—as well as most other cephalopods—will discharge a cloud of dark ink. The ink is composed primarily of melanin, which is the same pigment that darkens the skin of humans and many other animals.
Do you eat the head of a baby octopus? Yes, you can. The head is equally delicious as the tentacles. The only parts you cannot eat are the intestines, beak and the ink.
What is inside an octopus mantle? The mantle is a highly muscled structure that houses all of the animal’s organs. Its gills, hearts, digestive system and reproductive glands are all crammed into this one space. The strong muscles in the mantle protect the organs and help with respiration and contraction.