Grouper is Super, When it’s the Real Thing
|April 25, 2012||Posted by Nicole under Healthy Eating, Seafood|
At Florida seafood restaurants, grouper is always on the menu. Though supply peaks in the warm months, from April to October, it’s available all year round. And that’s a good thing, because grouper is one of Florida’s most popular fish. The flavor is so mild and subtle, it appeals to just about everybody.
Consumers do need to look out for fish mislabeled as grouper- here is what you need to know.
Know the appearance and texture of Florida grouper. Grouper is a premium fish harvested from the Gulf of Mexico and southern Atlantic Ocean. While individual species have unique identifiable characteristics, they are commonly described as lean, white flesh fish with a taste and texture which is popular and distinct from most common white flesh fish. Grouper fillets are usually thick with a firm texture.
Be wary of grouper prices that are suspiciously low. Because the supply of Florida grouper is limited, the price is generally around $11 to $13 per pound wholesale filet value, and the retail value — the price paid by consumers — will be even higher. Prices that are considerably lower likely mean that the fish is not grouper, but instead is a substitute species of lesser value, such as basa, Asian swai, sutchi or tra catfish.
Florida seafood industry experts say you should expect to pay the following approximate prices for Florida grouper in restaurants:
High-end, white tablecloth restaurant
Entree: $21 to $27
Sandwich: $13 to $16
Entree: $16 to $20
Sandwich: $10 to $12
Entree: $14 to $16
Sandwich: $8 to $10
If you suspect that you are being served a fish that is mislabeled, you can report the business by visiting our website: http://www.fl-seafood.com/consumers/grouper_substitution.htm