I love marine fish and having moved to a hostel it was a bit of a problem. I come from an area where fresh Tuna catch is a must in everyday cooking and it was tough to manage without the flavor that I am used to since childhood. Then the thought of trying canned fish occurred to me and I was a bit apprehensive about the quality. Since I have not tasted canned fish in the past, I was confused about whether to go for it or not. Then as per my friend’s suggestion I went for Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna on this Page and this was kind of ok. Others in the hostel find this, the best tasting Tuna canned fish.
Since I was comparing the taste of the canned fish with the authentic fresh Tuna, this did not fully satisfy my taste buds. In the course of time, I found that this really tastes better when compared to other brands. Do not expect it to taste like the fresh fish because nothing can match the original flavor and taste of the unprocessed fish. However, the Wild Planet has maintained the processing to be minimal to retain the natural aroma.
One good thing about this is that the fish is caught from the wild by trolling and this adds to the taste. Most of the brands get the Tuna from the professionally cultured farms that grow in size but tastes sad. The taste of the fish is largely dependent on the natural food and hence the Tuna caught from the wild has a special taste. The ones that feed on the artificial fish feed cannot match with the wild fish. The highlight of the Wild Planet Tuna is that it contains minimal mercury.
It is a well-known fact that the mercury level present in the fish is proportional to the weight. So what the Wild Planet does is that hey carefully segregate the catch and take only those fish that are three years old or less than that. The fish under three weighs only 9 to 12 lbs and hence trace of mercury in them is considerably low. The mercury if taken in excess amount turns out to be toxic. Every time I see the reading on the tin that it contains less mercury makes me happy.
Another good feature is that no extra salt is added to it. So it does not taste like the typical canned fish with a lot of salt. I find that in other brands the salt content is so much that the fish tastes salty and its original savor is masked. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and this is beneficial. Unlike other cheap canned Tuna fish, this comes dry and not semisolid with a flimsy coating of saline liquid. This is jam-packed with fish and the young Tuna tastes tender and soft. The only problem I have is that it is costly, but all good things come at a price.