Masago – roe

Masago – Roe

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Masago is the processed roe (eggs) of the capelin, a small fish that exists in vast quantities throughout the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is generally orange-red in color and is often used as a garnish or to top pieces of nigiri. It should not be confused with tobiko, the roe of the…

What is hamachi? Ultimate guide to japanese amberjack

What is Hamachi? Ultimate Guide to Japanese Amberjack

The rich buttery flavor and smooth texture of amberjack has achieved real popularity with American sushi fans. Be warned, however—to get to the bottom of the hamachi question, one must first establish what exactly is being served. That is not easy. First off, there are four species of amberjack that are found at the sushi bar. To…

What are pcbs?

What Are PCBs?

So you may be wondering what are PCBs? And are they in my seafood dinner tonight? Polychlorinated biphenyls, or simply PCBs, are man-made compounds that were intended to make our lives easier, but are beginning to have the opposite effect. PCBs are generally used in a number of industrial applications, such as for coolants and…

What is omega-3?

What Is Omega-3?

Omega-3s, aka omega-3 fatty acids, are a group of unsaturated fatty acids essential to human development.  They are found in numerous foods, including certain fish.  Oily cold-water fish, like sardines, wild salmon, and mackerel, have high levels of omega-3s. In fact, a great deal of advertising capital has been expended on omega-3 awareness in recent…

Kani – crab

Kani – Crab

Crab Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low At the sushi bar, “crab” is a category rather than a single animal. Depending on how and where you order, you may receive Dungeness crab, king crab, snow crab, stone crab, blue crab, or even surimi, which isn’t really crab at all. To make matters even more confusing, the crab may…

Unagi – eel

Unagi – Eel

Freshwater Eel Source: Farmed Mercury Risk: Low Freshwater eel, known as unagi, is one of the most popular items in the American sushi industry. It is generally grilled and served with a dark kabeyaki sauce. Unfortunately, our consumption of eel is a tremendous problem from an environmental standpoint. Wild eel populations around the world are…

Aji – horse mackerel

Aji – Horse Mackerel

Horse Mackerel Source: WildMercury Risk: Low Aji, also known as horse mackerel or saurel, is one of the three types of mackerel commonly available in sushi bars, the others being saba and sawara. The term aji refers to any member of the horse mackerel family. When aji is ordered in a U.S. sushi bar, what often arrives at the table is a tasty…

Toro (hon maguro) – bluefin tuna

Toro (Hon Maguro) – Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin tuna belly Source: Wild, Farmed Mercury Risk: Extreme Toro (or hon maguro, as it’s sometimes called). Bluefin tuna — there’s nothing quite like it. The soft delicate taste, the silky ethereal texture, the lingering hedonistic delight that resonates long after the delicate morsel has slipped softly down your throat. It’s an incredible dish. I…