Monday, July 19, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Today is the day for a couple of really nice South Pacific specials. Straight in from New Zealand we have Opah with nice rose pink flesh. Opah are a bycatch of the tuna fishery and a rare treat, so we are happy to offer these really nice racks from the New Zealand dayboat fleet. Another incidental catch from the same fishery is escolar. Escolar is sometimes called white tuna (not to be confused with albacore), and has a very rich oily flesh that is best in small portions. So for something different try Opah or Escolar, its winter down there!
Wild sockeye is an incredible value and an incredible fish. All of our sockeye arrive headed and gutted and therefore have a great yield. The flesh of these fish are deep red and relatively lean. They are an excellent source of healthy omega-3 oils and they are defiantly tasty. Sockeye range in size from 4 to 7lbs. Wild and sexy, todays fish are from the Canadian fleet just south of Alaska.   
From Florida we have both red and black grouper, American red snapper, pompano, and limited fresh shrimp (16/20 per lb). In talking with fishermen in the Gulf each one of them have been so grateful that we continue to buy at the same levels as before, thanks. Even though the cap is holding, the region is not out of the woods yet. It will be some time before the true extent of damage is seen, and longer until the ecosystem is back to its prior state, and the local economies have healed.
From Costa Rica we have some fine marlin loin. Marlin is a very mild flavored steak fish, it cooks quickly and is at home as a crudo as well.
Also available: sturgeon, corvina, wild char, black sea bass, wild striped bass, octopus, dayboat cod, porgies and skate.  
"If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got."
~Mark Twain
Have a great day,
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

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