Fascinating Tuna

Posted by Freddy on Jul-18-2009

If you ask me which fish I like most, my answer will be Tuna. The word Tuna makes me hungry and I know most of you share the same notion. Tuna Salad is one of my most favorite dish and its among the most popular food items.

Often when I feel of having a quick lunch Tuna salad is what I resort to. Tuna salad is made of three main ingredients tuna, eggs, and mayonnaise or mayonnaise-substitute, such as mustard. At times I place the spread between two slices of bread thus making a tuna salad sandwich. MMM that’s really tasty!!!!

Commercially prepared tuna salad is readily available in the meat or deli section of most grocery stores. The quality of the tuna salad can often be judged by the amount of mayonnaise. Inexpensive varieties contain a lot of mayonnaise and finely chopped ingredients. More expensive varieties have much less mayonnaise and chunkier ingredients. Hand made fresh tuna salad is usually available in most delis.

Tuna is also often served as a filling between two crackers, or as a side dish to a meal (often at a picnic). In the United States, tuna salad is also used to stuff fresh tomatoes as a luncheon dish.

In Japan, tuna salad is known as sea chicken salad. In Iceland, tuna salad is called “túnfiskssalat”.

Tuna cuisines are not limited to salads. It is used in different forms in different dishes world wide. The Chinese, The Europeans, Indians, The Latin Americans , Africans are all fond of the fish and use it fresh and dry form .
Tuna is an important commercial fish. According to the Food market Exchange, the total tuna catch was 3,605,000 tons in 2000. Tuna meat is more popular in canned form. Canned tuna was first produced in 1903, and quickly became accepted. Tuna may be canned in a variety of edible oils or in brine. Canned tuna is a prominent component in many weight trainers’ diets, as it is very high in protein and is easily prepared. Tuna is an oily fish, and therefore contains a high amount of Vitamin D. Canned tuna can also be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, of which it sometimes contains over 300 mg per serving.

Don’t think that Tuna is captivating only when its cooked, its more charming , under water. Tunas are very fast swimmers they have been clocked at 70 km/h (45 mph) and include several species that are warm-blooded.

Unlike most fish species, which have white flesh, tuna have flesh that is pink to dark red, giving them the common name “the rose of the sea”. The red coloring comes from tuna muscle tissue’s greater quantities of Myoglobin, an oxygen-binding molecule.

Some of the larger tuna species, such as the Bluefin tuna, can raise their blood temperature above that of the water through muscular activity. This ability enables them to live in cooler waters and to survive in a wide range of ocean environments.

Tuna is also a smart fish. Many tuna species associate with dolphins, swimming alongside them. The reason for the association is believed to be the avoidance of dolphins by sharks, which are predators of tuna. Swimming near dolphins reduces the likelihood of the tuna being attacked by a shark. But all this won’t save them from their greatest predator- MAN!!

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