Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The King Of Salmon Is Ivory
posted on its merits and scarcity and encourage anyone buying wild salmon this year to try the Ivory. Only the king salmon species can be ivory, a condition that results from a natural mutation. Ivory salmon is rare in the wild; only a small percentage of fish carry the gene and historically the fish were seen as inferior. Unfortunately, today's chefs have gotten much smarter and the fish are in much higher demand. I have seen the price of ivory salmon triple over the last 5 years, and rightfully so. Ivory salmon do not have a strong salmon flavor, like normal kings do. Instead their white flesh is buttery, almost nutty, with rich oils and a mild, savory finish. It's a different experience from dining on your typical salmon, almost feeling like you are eating a different species. The flesh nonetheless is par excellence and for my taste buds the ivory kings are at the top of the salmon spectrum.
The Pacific Sun landed the troll caught ivories on Tuesday and we were fortunate enough to have them FedExed to us on Wednesday - talk about dock to door! Trolling is a type of hook and line fishery that is sustainable with little by-catch. We were only able to snag two fish, and price is always at a premium in the early runs of the season, but if you ask me or anyone else who's tried the ivory salmon, any trouble is well worth it. So here's to the king of king salmon, just in time for the queen of your castle. Happy Mother's Day!
Posted by MJ Gimbar at 2:38 PM