Desperate, troubling days are upon us my friends. We have record-high gas prices, crushing inflation, division and chaos all throughout the land, and a broken supply chain. As a result, there are many empty shelves at grocery stores and sky-high prices on what remains. Indeed, many Americans across the country are greatly struggling to keep food on the table. While politicians and news commentators continue to fight and squabble relentlessly, not much is getting done in the meantime to alleviate any of these serious issues which are economically crippling so many people. When you head to the market, there’s a good chance you’ll find little to nothing in the way of fresh, healthy meat and fish, and what you do find will no doubt be crazy expensive at the moment. But let me ask you this, did you know that there’s currently an unlimited supply of one of the world’s healthiest and most delicious fish running rampant throughout America which is mostly going to waste? It’s the silver and bighead Asian carp. Let me tell you all about it.
Asian Carp Epidemic
If you’re not familiar with the issue, the Asian carp epidemic is an ecological disaster that has infected the major river systems, lakes, and surrounding wetlands of America. From southern Florida to the Canadian border, Asian carp are ravaging ecosystems, destroying native fish populations and wildlife habitats, and now threaten to enter the Great Lakes. These invasive species have also negatively impacted regional economies that depend on renewable natural resources for their financial health.
After researching the issue for many years now, as well as writing a book on the topic, I learned that natural resource experts all across the county firmly believe that a major solution to decreasing the Asian carp population was for folks to start actively utilizing this resource. That is, to eat the enemy! But unfortunately, there’s a great deal of false, negative stereotypes and genuine misinformation that has kept people from doing so.
The Truth About Asian Carp
Unbeknownst to most Americans, the truth is that the silver and bighead species of Asian carp are among the most nutritious and delicious fish in the world! In thousands of blind taste tests, people preferred Asian carp almost unanimously to other popular eating fish. And, because they’re filter feeders who consume microscopic plankton, they don’t have nearly the high levels of mercury and other contaminants that most other fish do, making them a very healthy choice for regular consumption, even when caught out of not so clean and healthy waters.
Asian carp are low in sodium, rank among the highest of all fish in dietary protein, and are exceptionally rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, particularly vitamin B12, and zinc. These incredible fish also are among the highest in heart-healthy Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids…even more so than salmon, according to some studies. The taste and texture of silver and bighead carp is a beautiful, white, flakey, mild flesh, similar to cod and even crab, which easily absorbs the flavors of whatever herbs, spices, and sauces that are used in preparing it.
Now it is true that catching these fish can be a little challenging, as again they are filter feeders, so they typically don’t go after the types of baits or lures that are commonly used for fishing. However, there are many alternative fishing methods that you can use that are very effective, and a heck of a lot of fun! It’s also true that Asian carp have a unique Y bone structure that can make them difficult to process, but there are ways to quickly and effectively remove the bones, that is, if you insist on eating boneless fish. But when cooked as is, the bones come out very easily.
I’ve made many videos about a wide variety of Asian carp topics that you can check out at the Wild Revelation Outdoors YouTube channel, or read about here on the Wild Revelation Outdoors blog, but the best place to learn everything you need to know is in my book Eat the Enemy, which is a complete guide to catching and cooking the Asian carp and includes 50 delicious Asian carp recipes.
Check out the video below to see more…