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Terri is asking: (5 answers)
Hi everyone..I haven't been here for awhile. Hope everyone had a good Holiday! My question is about tilapia. I like it..I've had it 3 times and for me not being much of a fishy fish eater I liked it. Well, was out to the sis-in-laws over the holidays and she said it was one of the worst fish you could eat. I did a little reading and found that they are mostly bottom eaters, therefore nasty, I guess. But then another site said they were from Canada and fresh water fish. What is your opinion?? TIA to anyone that answers! Have a good afternoon!

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Last updated: Jan. 3, 2013 3:29 pm
Posted: Jan. 3, 2013 11:30 am
 
Answered by: linda2d
Jan. 3, 2013 11:33 am
This was a good blog with a lot of good discussion... http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=251083
 
Answered by: Don
Jan. 3, 2013 11:39 am
Hi, irrespective of those who like or not, tilapia are basically a fresh water fish. When I lived in Kenya in 60's at lake naivasha, tilapia were common but fresh not farmed. If farmed probably not as good but from memories, nice!!!. nice if cooked properly. Not nasty just personal taste. Don't be swayed by the dislikers, if you like cook and be happy. Hope helps. cheers.
 
Answered by: kkelly
Jan. 3, 2013 11:41 am
Being from and living in Canada , I never came across Canadian Tilapia in a grocery store, because I work for Natural resources Canada, I know they "farm it" here, I'll join a link, but what is found in grocery stores is probably not Canadian... In my humble opinion, like anything else, if eaten in moderation, I can't see it being that bad...
http://www.aquaculture.ca/files/species-tilapia.php
 
Answered by: ConkyJoe
Jan. 3, 2013 12:11 pm
Tilapia is a fresh water fish . . . nothing bad about that. It can be a bottom feeder (but not always) . . . nothing bad about that . . . think lobster, shellfish, crab, snapper, grouper, and many other edible fish/shellfish. I don’t recall the range of this fish but I associate it with warmer water, and not sure it could survive the Canadian cold water. To me, its not a particularly tasty fish, and there is nothing notable about its texture. The big rub is the way it is produced by commercial fish farms which may not have high standards with respect to the water quality in which these fish are raised. A real estate subsidiary company of ours ventured into tilapia fish farming, and so I visited the location on a few occasions. They were extremely diligent with filtering the water, and I had no hesitation in eating those fish. The problem is you don’t know the condition of these fish farms when tilapia is found in a store, and one reason I stay away from buying it. I have wild tilapia in my lake (unfortunately, they can wreak havoc on the bass/bream population) . . . I cooked some up one time . . . better than store bought because they were fresh but this fish will never be one I really like. The reason it is widely available is because it is cheap to produce, especially as the federal gov’t. drives up the cost of harvesting wild caught fish.
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irayd8 no more!
Jan. 3, 2013 1:31 pm
What started as a good fresh water choice has become something to be very carefull about purchasing! NEVER buy tilapia from Thailand ,Vietnam or Asia. This is usually sold frozen in bags rather cheaply. The "farm raised" are in vats with chickens suspended in cages over them-you can guess what they are feeding on! Only buy labeled fish from USA or Canada. Same goes for shrimp-only buy wild USA (cost more but worth it!)
 
Answered by: pattyD
Jan. 3, 2013 3:29 pm
I also like Tilapia, but I only buy it from selected countries. Look for the "cool" country of orgin label, this must be placed on every pack of fish sold in the u.s. . Tilapia was the fish that St. Peter fed the crowds who came to listen and see Jesus. Buy wild caught when eve you can.
 
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