Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Organic Irish Salmon is Back

With Irish Salmon back on the board it seems like a good time to review the differences between our three responsibly farmed types of salmon that we carry at Kanaloa Seafood Market. We receive many questions about our seafood, but the most common is, “what is the difference between your salmons?”…and rightly so. Kanaloa carries several species of gorgeous farm-raised salmon. These include our organic Irish variety and all natural Scottish and Atlantic salmon. Our fish is from the very best salmon farmers in the world and hand picked for Kanaloa in order to insure that the product is fresh, safe, and delicious!

All Natural Scottish Salmon – Raised by the same farmers that produce our Organic* Irish salmon, this Scottish salmon is of the highest quality. The salmon is served an all-natural feed, free of hormones and antibiotics, and contains natural phaffia (a naturally occurring yeast pigment which provides the salmon’s color). This salmon has an incredibly generous fat content.

All Natural Atlantic Salmon, B.C. Canada – This Atlantic salmon is head and gills above other Atlantic salmons you may have seen and is truly a great product. Due to our environmental certification, we source from only a select few farmers in Canada who are doing a wonderful job raising Atlantic salmon with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no artificial dyes. The texture on this salmon is very silky and decadent.

Irish Organic* Salmon, Deep-Ocean Raised – Our meticulous Irish farmers go to great depths to raise a very lean, very clean organic* salmon; raised in an environment closest to the wild as possible. These salmon are raised in the rough, white-capped, pristine waters of the Irish Channel just outside of Clare Island, surrounded by secure nets; the salmon are constantly monitored by camera and SCUBA divers and are served an organic feed free of hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics. Like the Scottish salmon, this salmon is fed phaffia which provides the salmon with its color. This is truly a pristine, lean fish with a texture and color most similar to a wild salmon.

Each is delicious in its own way. It is up to the individual to discover which variation in oil content, flavor, and texture will result in a favorite variety of salmon.

*The Irish salmon are certified by Naturland of Germany – an agency recognized by the USDA. It is considered organic everywhere but in the state of CA which does not recognize any organic seafood certifications.

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