We prepared a Dogfish from GABE THE FISH BABE for our CSF-Community Supported Fisheries at THEPOINT.org
It’s an amazing fish,with its liver, fins, eggs and flesh of unique quality.
In Asia, dogfish provide the ingredient in shark-fin soup. The fish’s dried fins are thought to be sexual stimulants there. The shark fin soup packages are now available at www.GabetheFishBabe.com with the FISH CLUB membership which we enjoy weekly.
Dogfish Shark eggs are the size of a chicken egg yolk, she carries 3-4 at a time. Scrambled, it even tastes like chicken egg, but with lighter flavor, and without the fishy taste. I never had it till now, and this was a delightful discovery. I found the eggs when I took the whole fish and cleaned it myself. All commercial fisheries threw away this delicacy as garbage. Staying true to my foraging spirit and love of adventurous sustainable eating, I decided to use this natural resource, which is full of vitamins. It is absolutely remarkable and I highly recommend eating it. Perhaps this is just as revolutionary as eating weeds, and probably, just as classic.
Another adventure with the Dogfish was the Liver of this small shark. In processing centers it often becomes garbage, yet it has very tender texture and flavors as intense and rich as a black truffle. This would make the most amazing appetizer in any upscale restaurant. How often do you see shark liver on a menu?
One fish, 3 rare under-utilized gourmet delicacies. My message to you is: eat responsibly and sustainably, do not waste natural resources and give thanks to the creature who lost its life for you.
I did not even mention the Dogfish filets, with its superb white flesh, since it is already widely available in stores, as well as being available in GABE THE FISH BABE’s FISH CLUB and the CSF (this week)!
More About DOGFISH:
The spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias, is a small shark. The spiny dogfish shark is the most abundant species of shark. It is also known as the piked dogfish, skittledog, spotted dogfish, white-spotted dogfish, codshark, thorndog and Tiburón. It is used as food, fertilizer, hide, pet food, and liver oil.
Dogfish liver is high in Squalene (2,6,10,15,19,23-hexamethyl-2,6,10,14,18,22-tetracosahexaene), a lipid found in large quantities in shark liver oil and in smaller amounts (0.1 to 0.7 %) in olive oil, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil and yeast.
Shark liver oil is promoted as a dietary supplement used to boost the immune system, fight off infections, heal wounds, and to treat cancer and lessen the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.
At one point, dogfish livers were valuable as a source of vitamin A. Their livers were cut out and their carcasses thrown away. After the vitamin could be produced synthetically, that fishery ended and the dogfish population rebounded.
The spiny dogfish is a major predator on some commercially important species such as herring, Atlantic mackerel and squid, but it will eat anything it can find and is a scavenger of the seas, helping to keep it clean and healthy. At their slow growth rate, dogfish simply don’t eat that much, said Canadian scientist Beamish. “In human terms, it’s basically unobtrusive. It minds its own business,” Beamish said about the sharks he has studied for 31 years.
Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest built totem poles honoring the dogfish, using the liver oil for preserving cedar canoes and waterproofing and softening clothing woven from cedar bark.
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