Its Sockeye season and we love our salmon!
Sockeye Salmon is an amazing fish. The name “sockeye” or ‘suk-kegh’ comes from the indigenous people who lived along the lower part the Fraser River. Suk-kegh means “red fish”.
Young salmon migrate from freshwater lakes and streams to the ocean. They then return as adults to their original freshwater home to spawn. There are also sockeye which solely live and reproduce in lakes, such as the Okanagan Lake. These are called Kokanee.
Salmon have many nutritional properties. They are loaded with healthy Omega 3 fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The research in The Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that eating oily fish once or twice a week may increase your lifespan.
There’s still the problem of environmental pollution and toxins. I believe that the benefits of eating sockeye salmon outweigh the detriments. Always choose wild over farmed salmon. In my opinion, salmon farms threaten the entire ecosystem in British Columbia. There is a great film called ‘Salmon Confidential’ that explains the nutritional and environmental dangers of farmed salmon. Steer away from Atlantic Salmon, which is usually farmed, and if you don’t fish, reach for Alaskan or Sockeye Salmon which is not allowed to be farmed.
A great and easy way we eat our wild salmon my husband catches is with lemon pepper. It is delicious and allows us to still taste the natural quality of the amazing salmon.