Jamaican Food Article. - Jamaican
All Jamaican groupers are members of the sea bass family,
Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Black
and red Jamaican grouper are the most popular of these. Due to their preferred
habitat around coral reefs, Jamaican groupers are accessible primarily by
hook-and-line fishing. Like all seafood in
Jamaica, the harvesting of
Jamaican grouper is closely monitored and regulated to ensure healthy stocks as
a naturally renewable and sustainable resource.
Red Jamaican groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are
found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. The Serranidae has over
400 species which are found around coral reefs and rock outcroppings of the
coastal shelf. Due to their preferred habitat, Jamaican groupers and other
family members are accessible by hook-and-line fishing and less vulnerable to
Two genera of Jamaican groupers are caught throughout Jamaica: Mycteroperca and
Epinephelus. They vary in size and weight, but are commonly marketed at 5-20
pounds. The large, white-flaked flesh contains no intramuscular bones. The skin
is tough and strongly flavored and should be removed during cleaning.
Jamaican grouper has also become the choice of people concerned with healthy
eating because it is nutritious in addition to being delicious. Four ounces of
uncooked Jamaican grouper has only 110 calories, 2 grams of fat (none of which
is saturated) and only 55 grams of cholesterol. When you add the 23 grams of
protein plus calcium and iron, Jamaican grouper begins to look like the perfect
food. Because the Jamaican grouper meat is so low in fat, some basting may be
necessary when grilling, broiling or baking. Jamaican grouper can be purchased
fresh or frozen.
Seasoned seafood Jamaican chefs agree that Jamaican grouper is one of the best
“real Jamaica” seafood culinary choices. It can be used in almost any Jamaican
seafood recipe and its unique flavor comes out beautifully with a touch of mild
seasoning and fresh Jamaican herbs.
Jamaican grouper fish is firm in texture, white meat with large flake and a mild
flavor. Extra lean fish.
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