Scientific Name: Salmo salar
The fish that remembers the root
How often do fish return to their place of birth? Many of us know that Salmon makes the arduous journey to their place of birth to spawn and then die. How wonderful is this fish!
Today we can enjoy the fabulous taste of the fish and yet tell the story of courage, determination and will to achieve what has been set our as part of our destiny.
Types of Salmon?
The genus Salmo contains the Atlantic salmon, found in the north Atlantic, as well as many species commonly named trout. The genus Oncorhynchus contains eight species which occur naturally only in the North Pacific. As a group, these are known as Pacific salmon.
Common in Singapore is the Atlantic Salmon which are widely farmed in the Norwegian Fjord, Foroe Islands or in Chile. These salmon has the best flavour and oilly flesh which is preferred locally. The less common ones are the Pacific Salmon which are usually wild caught and more expensive. The flesh tends to be more firm and has a mild taste.
Our Atlantic Salmon are ASC certified.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsible aquaculture.
Our Salmon comes form the cold clean water from the Norwegian Fjords. As wild Salmon stocks are depleted through over fishing, the more sustainable way to ensure continued supply of Salmon is through responsible farming.
While there were reports in the past of errant farms which produce sickly salmon in filthy waters using feeds high in chemicals, our Salmon are grown in farms that pass the stringent requirements to produce healthy fishes.
According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, the Atlantic Salmon fisheries in the Norwegian Fjord has the best overall practices.
Health Benefits of Salmon
Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
EPA and DHA are Omega-3 Fatty Acids that have been associated with several health benefits, such as decreasing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and improving the function of the cells that line your arteries.
High in B Vitamins, Potassium & Selenium
Vitamin B complex are needed for energy production, controlling inflammation and protecting heart and brain health. Potassium helps in the control of blood pressure and prevent excess fluid retention. Selenium is the is important for brain function as it detox mercury in our body.
Contains the Antioxidant Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family of antioxidants, that gives salmon its red pigment. Astaxanthin appears to lower the risk of heart disease by reducing oxidation of LDL (the "bad") cholesterol and increasing HDL (the "good") cholesterol.