Monday, April 13, 2009
Tilapia SUCKS! What the Hell is the Deal with this Fish?o
Tilapia reminds me of the emergence of hangar steak a few years ago. I'd never heard of it. I'm 33 and had never heard of Tilapia until about a year ago. Is this some new breed of fish? Some mutant species? Apparently not. It's been around for thousand of years. And it's even mentioned in the bible (not that I read it). Thank you wikipedia.
Like hangar steak, Tilapia has become the latest thing. I wasn't sure why, but suddenly it appeared on menus everywhere. I'd never really thought about it's sudden popularity until this week. See, I'd only had it once before, but in the last week I've had it twice. And I hope I never have it again. The first time I had it this week I was at a restaurant, and it tasted like mold. No kidding. Like they had just peeled some mold off a rock and mixed it in with the Tilapia. It was gross. It reminded me of a trip to Alaska I took about 10 years ago. I went fishing for Salmon, which were spawning. The ones that were near the end were literally wasting away alive (they looked moldy and probably tasted moldy). The second time I had it this week, I accidentally bought it. I swore I'd never eat it again. I was in the store last night getting some fish and I saw some Sole. I like Sole. Unfortunately it looks like Tilapia. I grabbed a package of Sole. Or so I thought. When I got home I realized my mistake. I made it anyway - thinking maybe the restaurant had some bad fish. And guess what? It tasted like mold and was fishy on top of that.
I looked up Tilapia and it's an easily farmed fish - which means, that's why it's gaining in popularity. It has low mercury levels and grows quickly. It's the 9th most popular fish in the US and growing fast. I guess taste doesn't matter. They apparently eat mostly vegetables. Probably moldy vegetables. You are what you eat.
Tilapia actually isn't that great for you as far as fish is concerned. It has an unhealthy relation of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids (here). Hopefully this will ensure Tilapia gets removed from menus. I'm dry heaving thinking about it.
The fish doesn't even look like it's good.