Enjoy Opah

And while the Opah’s speckling may be reminiscent of a goldfish, these guys are serious in size. They can be more than six feet long and weigh 200-300 lbs! But big doesn’t mean slow, and having a Frisbee-esque body doesn’t mean wobbly. Opah are actually quite the speed demon — despite looking as if they’re wearing their little brothers’ fins.
 
What’s really interesting, though, is that one Opah has three types of flesh, each a different color. The tender meat of the loin, which runs along the backbone from eye to tail, is a light orange, almost salmon color. The less-tender, side flesh pales to a pink color. The fish’s cheeks yield dark red flesh. Opah has a rich, creamy taste and firm, fatty texture. The flavor is a cross between tuna and swordfish — distinctive but mild.
 
Come on out to our        Hawaiian   Seafood Festival     and see this showy fish for yourself. Then take home your tasty prize and try it with one of these Hawaiian-inspired recipes.
 
 

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