Disclosure: I received samples to try in recipes. All opinions are solely my own.
Tilapia is a white fish with a mild taste that makes it ideal in a variety of recipes. It’s a healthy protein source that’s low in calories, fats, and carbohydrates. Tilapia contains Vitamin B12, Niacin, Selenium, Phosphorous and Magnesium. It also has about as much omega-3 as other popular seafood including Cod, Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna.
Not all tilapia is created equal. Some tilapia producers add antibiotics, growth hormones or chemicals to speed up the process and provide cost savings — these additives can be harmful to humans.
Regal Springs, privately-owned by one founding family, is different when it comes to raising tilapia. The company raises 100% all-natural and lake grown tilapia in pristine, deep-water lakes in Mexico, Honduras and Indonesia. Their fish swim in large floating nets and against water currents, just like in the wild. The floating nets help prevent fish from eating algae, mud or waste. Instead, Regal Springs feeds them high-quality floating food made from soybeans, corn and grains. No antibiotics, growth hormones or chemicals are used, and their tilapia does not contain mercury or other contaminants found in some wild Tuna, Swordfish and other seafood.
In addition to the fresh, clean taste of Regal Springs tilapia, another aspect I appreciate is how the company gives back to the local communities where they reside. Regal Springs has a two-fold mission: to grow the best tilapia in the world and to do it right by empowering the fish-farming communities with economic and social development. The company has built medical clinics, schools, and housing in each country they operate in.
Regal Springs also has a Zero-Waste Policy: The loins and fillets (35% of the fish) go directly to consumers. The balance of the fish is not thrown away. Scales from the fish are used in the manufacture of collagen for cosmetics. Skins are used in gelatin production for pharmaceuticals or are transformed into a high-fashion alternative to leather. Fish oil and solids become animal feed and biodiesel fuel that powers the company’s trucks, generators and other equipment. Innards, frames and trimmings are made into nutrient-rich compost that is given out free to local farmers.
Want to start cooking with tilapia? Try this delicious recipe below from Regal Springs or visit its website for additional recipes.
Photo: Courtesy of Regal Springs