Popular in Australia and the Far East, Barramundi has now come to Britain, so give it a go
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Sustainable farming in the UK
Barramundi rarely made an appearance in the UK, due to the logistics and the expense of transporting it across the globe. Now, though, there’s a locally farmed alternative right on our doorstep. A successful aquaculture venture in the New Forest has been producing barramundi over the past few years, using environmentally friendly methods, and it’s now available in many UK supermarkets.
Buying the best
As with any whole fish there are some key indicators to check when buying. Look for bright, clear eyes that are not sunken in their sockets, and check that the scales are not coming loose. The gills should be a red colour. If they look brown – or worse, grey – the fish is past its best. When buying fillets, make sure that they are firm-textured and smell fresh.
A bit of background
Barramundi is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘large-scaled river fish’. It's a freshwater fish, is popular due to its firm white flesh and sweet, buttery flavour.