Monday, August 2, 2010

My new nickname as grandfather is Opah. I symbolize luck.

Surprisingly, we share more than half our DNA with the Opah fish from the Western Atlantic. Hawaiians consider opah to be a good luck fish, and often used to give it away as a gesture of goodwill, rather than sell it.

Opah or moonfish is one of the most colorful of the commercial fish species available in Hawaii. A silvery-grey upper body color shades to a rose red dotted with white spots toward the belly. Its fins are crimson, and its large eyes are encircled with gold. The moonfish's large, round profile may be the origin of its name. Moonfish landed in Hawaii range from 60 to over 200 pounds in round weight.

The opah's large-grain flesh is rich and fatty, with a versatility of use that is attractive to restaurants. Opah, sourced primarily from Hawiian waters & Fiji is used for sashimi, for broiling, and occasionally for smoking.

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