Aburasokomutsu – escolar (walu walu)

Aburasokomutsu – Escolar (Walu Walu)

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: High Call it escolar, butterfish, walu, super white tuna, aburasokomutsu, or whatever you’d like – by any name, this medium-sized ocean fish poses a confounding set of challenges and is problematic at best.  In fact, the commercial sale of escolar is banned in Japan and Italy.  There’s a good reason for that. Why is…

Why is there arsenic in rice? (and will it kill me? )

Why Is There Arsenic In Rice? (And Will It Kill Me?)

If you eat a lot of rice, or on a typical gluten free diet, you may want to switch up the types of grain you eat. That’s because there is likely arsenic in rice and that should concern everyone who care about their health. Analytical chemist Brian Jackson says there needs to be more federal…

Is sashimi healthy?

Is Sashimi Healthy?

Many first timers wonder, “is sashimi healthy?” when staring at a few cuts of raw fish. There are not many animal products that can be eaten raw, so it’s no surprise that people question how the raw fish might affect their health. So what are the safety concerns and how healthy is sashimi really? First,…

Sustainable unagi sushi recipe (sablefish vs eel)

Sustainable Unagi Sushi Recipe (Sablefish vs Eel)

This unagi sushi recipe uses sustainable sablefish in place of traditional and unsustainable freshwater eel. If you love unagi, this will be a close cousin that you’ll feel a lot better about eating, when considering the sustainability issues of fishing eel. INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 lbs. sablefish fillet (or black cod) 1 large sheet konbu (kelp) 1/4 cup water 1/4…

Katsuo – skipjack tuna

Katsuo – Skipjack Tuna

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Katsuo is one of those Japanese menu terms that can get the average American sushi lover into a bit of trouble. The word corresponds to two different fish: skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis; notice the similarity to katsuo) and bonito (Sarda spp.), a tuna relative in a different and distinct genus. The precise term for…

Kanikama (surimi) – alaskan pollack

Kanikama (Surimi) – Alaskan Pollack

Imitation Crab Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Imitation crab (surimi) is used in many types of maki, or rolls. The most common example is the California roll, which generally contains imitation crab and avocado. A fish processor creates imitation crab from surimi: a blend of fish, starch, sugar, and preservatives. This surimi is then formed into long rectangular shapes with…

Saba – mackerel

Saba – Mackerel

Source: Wild Mercury Risk: Low Atlantic mackerel, or saba, is a schooling fish found throughout much of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the three types of mackerel most commonly found in sushi bars (the others are aji and sawara.) Of the three, saba is the most widely encountered option. Mackerel does not keep well, and if it is not consumed…