Hot Smoked Eel, Approx. 0.84Lb

Hot Smoked Eel
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Hot Smoked Eel

 

Nature's perfect protein

Everybody talked lovingly of eels, of their unique qualities, their taste, how well they keep, and their protein analysis.

If you ask a North American to name all the edible fish they can think of, likely eel will fall at the bottom of the list or not be mentioned at all. If you ask a Japanese person to create the same list, not only will you get a more intriguing variety, but eel will be one of the first mentioned. Annually, Japan consumes up to 130,000 tons of eel. On the hottest day of summer called 'Ushi no hi', many Japanese indulge in the tradition of eating the eel. The slippery fellow has long been associated with stamina among the Japanese, perhaps because of its long migratory trek to spawning grounds. (www.japan-zone.com)


Eels are widely popular in Japan and Europe and are gaining acceptance in the American market. This exotic item can be eaten as is, or can be added to soups or stews.

 

Eels are elongated fish, ranging in length from 5 centimetres (2.0 in) in the one-jawed eel (Monognathus ahlstromi) to 4 metres (13 ft) in the slender giant moray. Adults range in weight from 30 grams to well over 25 kilograms. They possess no pelvic fins, and many species also lack pectoral fins. The dorsal and anal fins are fused with the caudal or tail fin, forming a single ribbon running along much of the length of the animal. Most eels live in the shallow waters of the ocean and burrow into sand, mud, among rocks, or in cracks found in coral reefs. A majority of eel species are nocturnal, and thus are rarely seen. Sometimes, they are seen living together in holes, or "eel pits". Some species of eels also live in deeper water on the continental shelves and over the slopes deep as 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). Only members of the Anguillidae family regularly inhabit fresh water, but they too return to the sea to breed. 

 

Eels begin life as flat and transparent larvae, or leptocephali. Eel larvae drift in the surface waters of the sea feeding on marine snow, small particles that float in the water. Eel larvae then metamorphose into glass eels and then become elvers before finally seeking out their juvenile and adult habitats.

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