December 14, 2007
Japanese Bluegill Burger Bonanza
By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
Japan has a fishy problem - as if we didn't know...
The lakes of Japan are being overrun with bluegills. Given to the emperor almost 50 years ago as a present by mayor Daley of Chicago - the fish was expected to be a raised as food for the Japanese. Turns out the people of Japan didn't take to the fish, which is strange as they seem to eat almost every other kind of creature with gills. The Japanese government has prohibited selling or breeding the fish since 2005 and is trying to solve the problem as they are overtaking local populations of indigenous fish. The university in Fukui has come up with a solution--bluegill burgers. They'll start selling them in December at their local co-op. Another firm is trying a combination of salting the fish with rice and letting them ferment for three years. Yum.
For more info visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/japan/story/0,,2217425,00.html