Albacore Tuna: How Different From Other Tuna

Amazing Albacore is A Cut Above Other Tuna

Albacore is the only type of tuna that can be labeled as white meat tuna. Solid albacore refers to canned white tuna in which the fish remains in larger pieces. When the albacore is chopped into smaller pieces and canned, it’s called chunk white tuna.

Albacore tuna is a larger fish with a lighter colored flesh, a firmer texture, and a milder flavor than the solid or chunk light fish varieties. We’ve all heard that there are many types of tunas: the bluefin, yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye, bonito, blackfin and the albacore. The albacore is the only tuna among the seven types that is regarded as having the truest white meat.

Albacore is the second largest commercial catch in the U.S., after yellowfin tuna. They are the two tunas readily available at seafood restaurants and sushi bars. At Japanese restaurants , albacore is usually prepared as sushi or sashimi. In the grocery stores, if you are shopping for ‘fancy white’ or simple ‘white tuna,’ you will find the albacore. It is more expensive than regular tuna.

The fish is found in tropical and temperate waters across the globe and in every ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea. However, it is usually obtained from the eastern Pacific oceanic areas. They are unique from other tuna as their primary food source is mollusks, like octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, though they eat other fish. They reproduce via as many as 2 million eggs at any one cycle.

They share the same nutritional advantages as other types of tuna: It’s a rich source of complete protein, selenium and vitamin B-12. However, it has two significant differences. Albacore is a better source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than other tunas, a healthier choice that is good for one’s heart and even fights certain types of cancer. It contains the two types of omega-3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA – that lower triglycerides, slow the growth of atherosclerotic plaques and prevent arrhythmias.

Healthy Tuna in Issaquah

Experience the whitest tuna meat and the healthiest of all tuna here in Issaquah. Try our albacore in sushi and sashimi and you’ll say it’s the most delicious you’ve ever tasted.