Tarakihi, or Ocean Bream is common around New Zealand. They are silvery-grey, with a blue-green sheen, which shades to silver and white on the belly. There is a distinctive black band immediately behind the head.
It's a highly regarded fish commercially and sought after by recreational anglers. Large Tarakihi have been known to reach up to 5-6kg in weight.
They are generally found in schools, at depths up 100 to 250 metres. Known for their longeivity, many adults are 10-20 years old, with some even reaching 50 years of age.
Availability: Available year round.
Shelf life: Best consumed on arrival or within 2 days from receiving product.
Fish for your health: White fleshed fish is traditionally high in protein and low in fat. Fish provide an excellent source of Omega 3, an essential fatty acid which helps in lowering blood cholesterol and maintaining a healthy circulatory system.
Suggested wines: A fruity Chardonnay, will add an element of citrus and round out the flavour nicely. A medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc will enhance the fish like a wedge of lemon and can offer good complementary flavours if you go with a herbacious variety.long description.