Pollack has nothing to do with salmon: confusion at the fish counter
With their names, Alaska pollack and pollack can cause confusion. Because the fish do not belong to the salmon, but to the cod family and are closely related to the cod. They are naturally white or greyish in color, while salmon are pink to reddish in color. This is due to the food, which consists of small crustaceans in wild salmon and is enriched with pigments in breeding animals.
Salmon, pollack and pollack are among the most consumed fish. Alaska pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus), however, has only been known as edible fish since the mid-1980s. Since then, its importance has increased rapidly. The Pacific pollack, as it is called, is common on the coasts of the northern Pacific. Most of the catches are processed and frozen immediately on board because the meat is very tender and fine. The German fish industry primarily uses Alaska pollack as a raw material for frozen products such as fish fingers and gourmet fillets. The red colored salmon substitute and surimi are also made from Alaska pollack.
The pollock (Pollachius virens) is also known as Koehler. Its fishing areas include Iceland, the Norwegian coast and the northern North Sea. It is a lean, tasty fish that is good value for money. Its greyish flesh becomes lighter when cooked and does not disintegrate easily.
The salmon or Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is a migratory fish. It lives in Atlantic waters and in the Baltic Sea, but moves into the rivers to spawn. Water pollution and spawning of spawning waters have caused wild salmon catches to drop significantly. Today most salmon come from aquaculture and are bred in Norway, Chile and Scotland. In the trade, salmon is fresh and available in various processed products such as smoked salmon. The meat has a unique, strong taste. If you pay attention to the blue label of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) when shopping, you can shop responsibly and support environmentally friendly fishing. For farmed fish, recommended products are labeled with organic seals, such as those from Bioland or Naturland.
Heike Kreutz, respectively