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Sockeye salmon, unlike other species of Pacific Salmon, feed extensively on zooplankton during both freshwater and saltwater life stages. Their numerous gill rakers strain the plankton from the water. This diet may be the reason for the striking hue of their flesh, as well as their very low concentration of methylmercury.
This salmon from Andronico's is certified for sustainability by the Marine Stewardship Council. The fishermen target it at the peak of its development, and use slow trolling and hook-and-line methods to minimize incidental by catch, bruising, and stress on the fish. The salmon are cleaned and processed within a minute of capture, then frozen at sea to -30 degrees or colder to ensure the best possible freshness and quality. Each fish is traceable to where and when it was caught.
With so much focus on the amazing omega-3 benefits of salmon, other unique health benefits from salmon may have been inadvertently overlooked. One area of health benefits involves the protein and amino acid content of salmon. Several recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules that may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. Other benefits include improved eye health, mood, and cognition, and a decreased risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems.
With Sockeye, anyone can serve up a gourmet-quality meal! Try it in our Balsamic-Glazed Salmon recipe, in Salmon Tacos, or in a pan with a little olive oil and sea salt for an easy, high-protein family dinner.