Frozen Sashimi Grade Albacore Loin (Shiro Maguro)
This product is available during these seasons:
In the marketplace albacore (Thunnus alaunga) is commonly referred to as tuna, tombo, longfin tunny and canned white tuna. It is the only tuna species which may be marketed as "white meat tuna" in the United States. When prepared for sushi it is known as shiro maguro.
Albacore has a mild to medium flavor profile. Its meat is firm like other tunas, but less so than Ahi. It also has a higher fat content than Ahi, resulting in a richness of taste and melt-in-your mouth texture that makes albacore an excellent alternative to bluefin toro. Our albacore loins are skin off and weigh approx. 1.1 lbs.
Albacore are found in the open waters of all tropical and temperate oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. The North Pacific albacore migrate to two regions of the Northeast Pacific. One area is off the northern part of Baja California, Mexico and the other is off the coast of Washington and Oregon. They are typically caught from May to November by hook and line. Unlike other tunas, our frozen Pacific albacore tuna loins have white meat and a milder flavor.
During albacore season local boats target small juvenile albacore. The young, football-shaped fish are very high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids with very little mercury as compared to the older albacore and other tunas.