26.12.2017 change 02.01.2018

Karp is the most ecological food product

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Carp, the king of the Polish Christmas table, is the most ecological food product in Poland - argue scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gołysz in Silesia. It feeds on natural food, it is fed only with cereal feeds.

"Karp is probably the most ecological food product in Poland, because its production technology has not changed for several hundred years, and it is based on natural feed. Carp is fed with cereal feeds such as wheat, corn, sometimes triticale" - told PAP Dr. Andrzej Pilarczyk from the Institute of Ichthyobiology and Aquaculture of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gołysz.

He noted: "Several dozen percent of growth (of carp weight - PAP) is on natural feed, as if it were a wild fish".

Dr Patrycja Jurecka emphasizes that carp is a fish liked by Polish consumers. It is sometimes criticized by consumers because of muddy taste or the presence of bones, but the researchers point out that a fish properly prepared for sale and well cooked does not have these shortcomings.

If we buy live carp in a store, Dr. Jurecka advises to pay attention to whether air is supplied to the tank in which the fish are kept - the taste of the meat of a suffocating fish is inferior. If we decide to buy fillets, we must pay attention to whether meat is not bluish. That would mean that it is not quite fresh. When preparing a carp, it is best to soak it in milk or buttermilk overnight, which gives it a delicate taste and removes the possible muddy taste.

However, according to Andrzej Pilarczyk, such a taste means that the producer has made a technological error - a fish properly prepared for sale should not have any foreign taste or smell. "After fishing, carp most often stays in a warehouse for a few weeks, where - as fish producers call it - they drink. Right now we are standing between such warehouses, where the fish fished from the pond in October have been moved and usually await the pre-Christmas period, because the greatest part of the carp production is sold in the pre-Christmas period" - said Andrzej Pilarczyk.

As for bones - as he assured - they can be easily eliminated even at home. "It is enough to cut these muscles pretty densely, cut bones are completely undetectable and pose no problem for the consumer, including small children" - he explained.

Author: Anna Gumułka (PAP)

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