Catfish have a bad reputation. They are known for being bottom-dwellers and have sometimes been called the “poor man’s fish.” However, U.S. farm-raised catfish are challenging that reputation – we’re here to set the record straight.
All catfish taste muddy.
Catfish flavor is often affected by the food they eat and their environment. Thus, there is a difference in flavor between wild and farm-raised catfish. Wild catfish are found at the lowest points of rivers, lakes and ponds, making them bottom-feeders. This means they eat whatever is available, including mud. As a result, they can have a muddy flavor.
Heartland’s U.S. farm-raised catfish are known for their delicious mild and sweet flavor due to how they are raised and trained to eat. This signature taste allows for a wide array of preparations and pairings, such as Pan-Seared Catfish with Lemony Zucchini Noodles and Caribbean Jerk Catfish with Black Bean Salad.
Imported and U.S. farm-catfish taste the same.
Just like wild catfish, imported catfish taste different from U.S. farm-raised catfish. Imported catfish are sometimes raised in contaminated waters because standards for fish production are more limited than those in the United States. This means imported catfish can contain contaminants like chemicals or banned antibiotics. Not only is this bad for your health, but it won’t satisfy your taste buds either.
Heartland Catfish Company is committed to ensuring its U.S. regulated products are farmed and processed in an environmentally responsible manner by practicing beneficial farming methods, as well as utilizing innovative equipment and processes.
There is no nutritional value in catfish.
Despite the rumors, catfish are a healthy protein option. One serving of catfish is only 105 calories, contains the recommended daily amount of omega-3, omega-6, and nearly half of the recommended daily amount of protein. In addition, catfish can help improve heart health and lower blood pressure thanks to its healthy fats. Plus, vitamin B-12 found in catfish supports brain health.
Heartland Catfish Company employs minimal use of antibiotics and other chemicals. Heartland’s catfish contain low levels of mercury and are not exposed to groundwater pollution, resulting in a safe and delicious product – even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Catfish only tastes good when served fried.
When you think of catfish, you probably think of a classic southern fried dish. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong, since catfish are often prepared fried and paired with hush puppies. Instead, try grilling, pan-searing, baking or poaching catfish as a healthier meal option. Its versatile flavor encourages creativity in the kitchen and allows catfish to be incorporated in both classic and more modern dishes. Check out our Recipes page and Pinterest for delicious recipe ideas.
With Heartland Catfish’s products, the opportunities are endless and are sure to delight any taste bud. Still convinced all catfish are “gross?” Give Heartland’s catfish products a try, you won’t be catfished by this catfish!