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Arctic Char have a rich taste with a flavor profile somewhere between trout and salmon with a fat content close to that of sockeye salmon. The flesh ranges in color from light pink to deep red with moderately firm but fine flakes. The skin is is thin and delicate, is easy to crisp-up and is edible. I usually cook it to 120° F, about medium-rare (note that the Health Dept. recommends 135° for fish). Char is also served as sushi, but because it is of the Salmonidae family it must be frozen first to a temperature of -4° F for 24 hours to kill any possible parasite larvae.
Char, Alpine Trout, Sea Trout, Alpine Char, Iwana (sushi)
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Arctic Char is a member of the Salmonidae family which includes salmon and trout. Average commercial weight is 2-8 Lbs but can grow to 25 Lbs. Their body shape resembles salmon. They have silvery skin with flecks of pink along the sides and splashes of green & blue along their back.
Like salmon, arctic char is anadromous, migrating from lakes to saltwater to spawn. But unlike salmon, they do not die after spawning and can live to an age of over 25 years.
Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability. Farmed fresh Arctic Char is available all year.
Wild Arctic Char are found in the northern arctic waters of North America, Europe and northeastern Russia. They are found in marine and fresh water, and dwell at a depth of 90 - 210 feet deep. Some are migratory, while others live in fresh water their entire lives.
Arctic Char are unique in that they are the only fresh water fish to inhabit the coldest, most northern lakes, as well as alpine lakes at the the highest altitude.
AquaMaps Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Most arctic char are farmed in some type of closed land-based aquaculture system such as tanks or raceways. They are well managed with low impact upon the local habitat and low risk of pollution. Wild fish are also available, but in very limited supply. Read more.
Arctic Char nutrition based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.
126.96.36.199 said on Jun 28:
A great fish...Love it!
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