Tuna is a versatile fish because it can be found inexpensively in cans at the grocery store or on the menus of Michelin starred restaurants. From tuna sandwiches to tuna tartar, there are many different ways to enjoy this giant fish. 

History Of Tuna

The term tuna is derived from the Latin word Thunnus. It was in 350 B.C when Aristotle first mentioned tuna in his works. Evidence shows that tuna has been fished for approximately 2000 years in the Mediterranean sea, but it is likely that it has been enjoyed by humans for much longer than that. Today, tuna is largely eaten in America, Britain, Japan, and many other parts of the globe.

Appearance Of Tuna

Tuna is a saltwater fish that is long, elongated, and sleek. They are generally found in blue, silver, and black colors. Its meat has a very light pink color, which can range up to a deep reddish-brown color. There are various types of tuna found throughout the world such as Bluefin, Yellowfin, Blackfin, Albacore, Bigeye, Atlantic, Skipjack, and Little Tunny. 

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Flavor Of Tuna

Being an integral part of most recipes, tuna has its own unique aroma and taste. Its flavor mostly depends on the way it is cooked. Raw applications are typically more mild in flavor, whereas cooked tuna is more flavorful. When properly cooked, tuna tastes mildly meaty with a slight brininess. Tuna’s mouthfeel is tender and moist.  

Culinary Benefits

Looking for something that can be cooked easily without putting in much effort? Tuna is your answer. These delicious fish can be grilled, broiled, steamed, poached, or eaten raw. Tuna is a bit more forgiving to cook than other types of fish because it can stand up to high heat applications well without easily overcooking. 

If you are a lover of French Cuisine then do not forget to try Tuna Nicoise. This recipe is full of nutritious and delicious ingredients such as  olive oil, lemon juice, tender potatoes, green beans, fresh tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs. This salad is one of our favorite lunch options because it has a variety of ingredients, comes together quickly, and keeps us fueled throughout the day. 

Another yummy recipe that can be made using tuna is Tuna Steaks Pan Bagnat. The olives, artichokes, and roasted red peppers give it a briny, tangy flavor that works well with the meaty tuna. This meal can be prepared in just half an hour. 

If you want an even simpler way to cook tuna, then simply sous vide it. This technique will help you add tuna to a variety of recipes and dishes. 

How to Store Tuna

Fresh and raw tuna must be frozen or kept in the refrigerator for not more than two days. 

Canned tuna can be stored for a longer period, which makes it a great pantry ingredient. We like to enjoy both canned tuna (tuna melts, anyone?) and raw tuna steaks, which can easily be found at any grocery store.  

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