Tuna from Workington Fishmonger
Cooking to a different Tuna
Pardon the pun, but we wanted to look at something a little exotic for a change, so whilst we love telling you about fish you can catch in our local waters, it’s time to pack your bag and head to a warmer fishing port. Tuna is a member of the mackerel family, mainly found in the world’s warmer oceans. Caught all year round, they are at their best between May – September when they are in season. Commonly known commercial tuna species include Bluefin, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna (which is the most popular tuna we eat). There are many different varieties, but as a result of overfishing, only this handful are commercially available.
They say that if fish were like cars, tuna would be the Ferraris of the ocean—sleek, powerful, and made for speed – some can swim up to 43mph. Did you know an Atlantic Bluefin can reach 10ft in length and weight 1500lb (more than a horse) and can live up to 10 years (if it doesn’t get caught) This species is highly sought after in Asia, used for sushi and sashimi, and as a result, is under threat. We sell sushi grade tuna in our shop!
Tuna tastes great – but it’s even better when you know it is line caught. Please ask for MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) approved tuna – it’s more sustainable.
The price of tuna has risen this year, due to poor catches of Skipjack tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, and poor catches of Yellowfin tuna from the Indian Ocean. With the effect of the Brexit pound it could get expensive.
For me, it’s got to be a steak. Just pat it dry and fry with a few herbs, seasoning and a liberal squeeze of lemon. It takes very little time to cook so be careful. Two minutes each side is enough.
So if you fancy something a little more exotic this month, pop down to see us and we can give you some tasty fresh alternatives.
Did you know we also have a freezer? It’s packed with fishy delights like scampi and some freshly frozen fish you can’t get from our waters.