Eating the Most Hated Fish on the Mississippi | Sierra Club
Can you eat Asian carp? Are Asian carp edible? Do Asian carp taste good? This blog shares the details about why the silver and bighead species of Asian carp are among the tastiest and healthiest fish in the world! Asian carp are ravaging ecosystems, destroying native fish populations and wildlife habitat, and now threaten to enter the Great Lakes.
Nearly a decade ago, John Crilly, a psychiatrist and academic living in New Orleans, read an article that changed his life. It was about a local chef who had begun cooking one of the most reviled species in America—silver carp, commonly known as Asian carp. The presence of silver carp in the Mississippi dates back to the s, when scientists in Arkansas brought a few different species of Asian carp into the country to see if they might offer a chemical-free way to clean algae out of fish ponds.
Originally imported to manage algae, their new menu-friendly name will be revealed this summer. Asian carp—a blanket name that is used interchangeably for the bighead, black, grass, and silver carp—are, by most accounts, a tasty and healthy fish, but you're not going to find them on many restaurant menus. The state of Illinois is trying to change that, and one of its first steps is to do something about the fish's name. According to USA Today , a new name for the fish has already been proposed, and it will be revealed this summer, just before the Boston Seafood Show. It's a different type of flesh—much cleaner, sweeter-tasting meat.