Color in Wild Salmon
- Jim Leff Mar 31, 2010 10:22 AM
I eat a lot of wild alaskan salmon. it's pricy, but I've been trying to put health first.
I bought some yesterday from the usual vendor, but the color wasn't the usual deep red. I know that with regular salmon, color is achieved via all sorts of unnatural methods, and is not an indicator of anything. But in wild salmon, is a shallow pink color a bad sign?
Really just depends on their diet.
Wild salmon gets their color from the krill they eat. Maybe this batch just came across a patch of krill that didn't have alot of beta carotene.
Jim, actually, some wile Alaska salmon is WHITE! (rather creamy white). and sometimes it can even be marbled white and pink of several shades.
One of the best fish I ever cooked was a whole one that I ordered from Alaska that was marbled like that. One of the best tasting salmons I can ever remember!