Escolar | Snake Mackerel

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Name Escolar
Other name snake mackerel, butterfish, walu, waloo
Other name (mislabeled) White tuna, albacore, super white tuna
Latin name Lepidocybium flavobrunneum
Japanese name アブラソコムツ
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Gempylidae
Species L. flavobrunneum
Genus Lepidocybium

Flavor & Texture
Escolar has very soft texture, very high oil content. People refers escolar as butter fish because of the texture. The color is extremely perfect white and has very soft line texture. However, never eat for more than 6 (six) oz even though the meat is very tasty, buttery, succulent and has interesting soft texture. There are many report that eating too many escolar can cause diarhea and stomach cram.

Escolar can be 300 cm with the weight 100 kg. The average size of this fish is 80-150 cm with the weight 6-20 kg. This fish is mislabeled as white tuna, super white tuna, albacore and butterfish.

Italy and Japan have banned this fish because the side effects. US FDA has received reports that this fish may cause diarrhea if people eat too much. Escolar has been banned few years in some US states such as Hawaii.

Because of the side effect, there is only few sushi restaurants selling escolar.

They are widely available in around the world. There are many escolar in southern Australia and Hawaii. They can be caught in tuna longliners in depth 100-400 m. They are marine fish

Sushi Preparation
To prepare the fish (bone, skin and blodeline out) is not hard for skilled sushi chef. Because of the size, this fish usually is sold as frozen and pack. There is no wrong way to cut because the texture. Very sharp knife is highly recommended. Escolar should be cut when it is very cold.

Mackerel family is perilous to serve raw because mackerel contains larvae and parasites. The popular way to prepare is salt them or soak them in vinegar for few hours.

Too rich of fat and oil.

Nutrition Fact 100 grams +3.5 oz
Calories 210
Protein (g) 18
Fat (g) 14
Saturated fat (g) 5
Sodium (mg) 105
Cholesterol (mg) 50
Potassium (mg) 0
Carbohydrate (g) 3
Source of information:

Wikipedia, Australian Seafood , the Zen of Fish

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