...the oversized, gaping mouth of the Monkfish accounts for a large portion of its body? This fascinating creature waves a spike-like apparatus called its “esca” in front of its mouth like bait to lure its prey. Monkfish can grow to just over three feet in length, and have been known to eat prey nearly half their size – including water birds! While this fish may not be a handsome fellow, it certainly is a highly regarded and delicious treat. The entire Monkfish rarely makes it back to shore, as its only edible qualities are its liver and tail. The slightly sweet, dense tail meat of this bottom dweller is very similar to that of a lobster in taste and texture.
To meet a rapidly growing demand, Atlantic salmon farming first emerged on a large scale in the early 1980s, with Norway leading the way. Since then, global production has increased tremendously. Today, Atlantic salmon are farmed in more than a dozen countries in Latin America, Europe and North America. The fish are typically raised in large, floating netpens, which are usually located in open bays. Farmed Atlantics start at four pounds, but can grow as large as 18 pounds.
Fillets of Atlantic salmon are pleasing to the eye, and should be used with recipes that highlight their vibrant color and texture. Since the flavor of this fish is delicate, avoid using flavors, glazes or seasonings that overpower it. For example, a light dill and yogurt or cucumber-dill sauce works well.