much like Berkshire pork, which is primarily sold in Japan as Kurobuta, has been traditionally exported to Spain. Rarely does the American consumer have the opportunity to savor this extraordinary fish.
Heritage Foods works with American Tuna, a group of six fishing families from San Diego, CA. Together they have over 125 years of combined knowledge about albacore "pole and line" fishing (zero by-catch). Their fishery is praised for being clean and sustainable. San Diego, once known as the "Tuna capital of the World," has very few albacore fishermen still upholding the 100-year-old pole and line tradition.
Only the finest center cuts of this fatty fish are filleted and hand-packed, cooked in their own juices, giving it a deep buttery flavor and creamy texture. American Tuna catches tuna that are only 2-5 years old, so the mercury level in them is minimal.
While Albacore tuna may not be endangered per se, the methods used by American Tuna certainly are. It is those methods and attention to detail that give their tuna such an incredible flavor.
will become available during the summer months. Heritage Foods has the great fortune of working with the United States last reef-net fishermen on Lummi Island in Washington. Lummi is on the San Rosario Strait, part of the San Juan Islands and is located at the foot of a great reef that attracts thousands of salmon each year. A perfect tasting product results from this process for the fish die in the water and are not shocked which, like in meat, effects the taste.
Reefnet fishing is the oldest net fishing known to man. Our salmon is sourced in the ways of time past by the last Reefnet fishermen on the planet. Riley Starks leads a group that has fished since the early 1970s. The process follows that originally practiced by Native Americans of the Puget Sound area in war canoes. Today they still use cedar bark rope and marsh grass to simulate underwater reefs,
* Heritage Foods also supports a community of salmon
. Their cured and smoked products are available year-round.