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Wednesday, July 28 2010

While many people are aware of the fact that Alaska is home to some of the world's best seafood, many are not aware just what that entails. Naturally, one will think right away of Alaska salmon or the King Crab, two species which are held in such high esteem all over the planet. However, it is the species which don't get all the press which actually nourish more people than these well-known treasures. Genuine Alaska pollock is the perfect example.

Did you know that when you bite into a fish sandwich or enjoy fish tacos that you are most likely eating Genuine Alaska pollock? Probably not, and the reason is that this fish is so plentiful that it doesn't have that same reputation. However, that doesn't take away from its inherent benefits. When you eat pollock, you are getting a fish that is high in protein, low in fat and one which delivers big flavor.

You will invariably be struck by how versatile this fish is. It isn't just served breaded and fried, as in fish sandwiches or in the ubiquitous fish sticks which so many people love. It is also served in filets as the type of fish which can stand on its own in any restaurant or dinner table. It shouldn't be confused with the pollock which comes from the Atlantic and has a much stronger flavor and different texture. The Genuine Alaska pollock is the mild, flavorful fish which flakes easily and goes well with just about anything.

Once you realize where it comes from and how it is caught, you will start to understand why it is the most consumed fish around the world. Even though there are strict limits on how much pollock can be caught every season, it has the benefits of living in Alaska's protected habitat. Because of the protection which is afforded these waters, you will not see the numbers going down or learn that your favorite fish sandwich is no longer available. The system at the world's largest fishery is a sound one, in everything from the way it is stored (once frozen) to the way it is shipped. Pollock from Alaska continues to have a bright future.

ASMI, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, has accurate, up to date information on the fish species off the coast of the most northern state.

Posted by: Send a Meal AT 11:10 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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