The origin story of the Patagonian King Salmon, also known as the Chinook salmon, is a mix of natural occurrence and human intervention.
Chinook salmon are native to the North Pacific Ocean, but in the late 1980s, Chilean salmon farmers introduced the species to the waters off the coast of Patagonia in South America. It was successful, and the fish quickly established itself as a dominant species in the region.
The warm waters and abundant food supply of Patagonia provided ideal conditions for the fish to thrive, and the species rapidly grew in popularity. As demand for the fish grew, so did the efforts to harvest it sustainably.
Today, Patagonian King Salmon is considered one of the finest types of salmon and is highly sought after by chefs all over the world for these 4 reasons:
1) Flavor Profile: Patagonian King Salmon is known for its rich, buttery flavor. The meat is tender and has a high oil content, giving it a smooth and creamy texture that makes it perfect for use in a variety of dishes. The fat content of this fish also contributes to its distinctive taste, making it a popular choice for sushi, grilled, and baked dishes.
2) Nutritional Value: Patagonia King Salmon is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin B12. These nutrients are important for maintaining heart health, brain function, and overall wellness. Chefs love this fish because it provides their customers with a healthy, nutritious meal that is not only delicious but also good for them.
3) Sustainable Harvesting: Patagonia King Salmon is sustainably harvested, meaning that it is caught in a way that is environmentally friendly and does not harm the species or its habitat. This is important because it ensures customers ethically sourced, high-quality, sustainable food.
4) Versatility: Patagonia King Salmon is a versatile fish that can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be grilled, baked, smoked, or used in raw dishes such as sushi or ceviche. It allows chefs to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with different cooking techniques and flavors.
The fishing season runs from late December through March, and while the supply is limited, we received our first shipment the other week, and they are of exceptional quality!
These salmon are expected to range in size from 17-40 pounds, with most falling between 20 to +35 pounds. Reach out to your sales rep for more information.