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…