The Hiramasa Kingfish
Indigenous to Australia the Yellowtail Kingfish is found year round in both temprate and tropical waters surrounding the mainland.
A natural inhabitant to the waters of South Australia, the Yellowtail Kingfish is variously known around the word as Amberjack, Gelbschwarz, Magiatiko, Cheruteiro and Lechas.
In Japan, where is is known as the Hiramasa, it is regarded as one of the finest sashimi fish. The pale pink flesh and sweet, rich flavour make the Yellowtail Kingfish popular with both Japanese and Western goumets.
Photo: The Seafood Frontier of the Eyre Peninsula
A powerful swimmer, whose torpedo shaped body, small scales over sleek, wetsuit-like skin and strong body muscles make it one of the fastest fish in the sea.
This 'bullet of the sea' requires masses of fuel and its opportunist feeding patterns make it ideal for farming.
Over the last nine years, it has also become one of the greatest success stories of Australian aquaculture.
Clean Seas call the farmed Yellowtail Kingfish by it's Japanese name Hiramasa- differentiating it from the wild fish.
The unique culinary qualities of the Haramasa Kingfish have made the gourmets and consumers worldwide stand up and notice.
With a flesh fat content pushing over 19% in the late autumn months, it has a beautiful, smooth and rich texture raw and has a great versatility cooked.
Hiramasa is regarded by the Japanese Sushi-san as second only to the famed bluefin tuna as the premier sashimi finfish.
The Hiramasa Kingfish farmed by Clean Seas is genuinely superior to the wild, with higher fat content, cleaner flavour and firmer texture making it more versatile, consistent and delicious.
Farmed to the highest environmental standards, operating to certified standards. The Hiramasa Kingfish was the first Finfish to be certified sustainable in Australia.Importantly, farmed Hiramasa Kingfish is not subject to the naturally occurring parasite found in wild fish, especially those caught in the waters in the waters around New South Wales. This parasite can cause the flesh of perfectly good looking wild Yellowtail Kingfish to turn to an inedible paste when cooked.With the world's best practice, in husbandry, environmental management and handling, the Hiramasa Kingfish has become the serious centre plate seafood star in Australia.
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Information: The SEAFOOD of the Eyre Peninsula- Australia's Seafood Frontier Book