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Tuna: Summer tastes like sea…

Tuna: Summer tastes like sea…

By Vanesa Santana

When summer comes we only think about the sea, sand and sun, but if we talk about food we think about fresh dishes and plenty of fish.

There is no doubt about it, this is the season of consuming fish.

We look to the south of the island, Mogán. There we’ll reach Fishermen’s Guilds of Mogán and Arguineguín, which are provisioning us with fishes like: red tuna, mackerel and many others, all of them fish by traditional ways.

Today we are going to talk about tuna. It leads the time of consumption and it’s a very economical fish. Is one of the healthiest with 138 calories per 100 gr and a privileged nutritional value.

“Tuna is a fatty fish so its nutritional content in relation to the fat is higher than other types of fishes. I add 6 gr of fat per 100 gr of flesh. But it is good in relation to omega 3 fat nutrients which helps to control cholesterol and triglycerides in blood, it makes the blood less thick so it prevents the formation of clots and thrombus. It reduces the risk of suffering a cardiovascular illness so its consumption is recommended and other fatty fishes” told by Book of Sports and Life. 

Tuna has a stretched body, spindle-shaped and rounded, it has few scales and it’s well prepared in the fish stores. They will prepare the flesh depending on the récipe you want to cook.

It has a shiny grey-blueish color and it presents longitudinal lines in the belly. Here in the Canary Islands, it is known as “bonito listado”.

It measured between 60 cm and 1.10 m in length and it weighs an average of 10,5 kg. Is the fish with the least life expectancy of these types of fishes, the specimens last less than 3 years, but the oldest tuna registered last 12 years.

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