Snapper in Sushi
red snapper has been a symbol of good
luck in Japan
for its beautiful colors. It is also dubbed as the “King of fishes” in Japan
and considered a luxury fish. The origin of the name is unknown,
ancient ruins in Japan
have records of calling the red snapper tahi,
which eventually became Tai.
actually refers to snapper in general. Red
snapper is called ma dai
or “true snapper” and there are other related species such as kuro
(black Snapper), ishi dai (rock snapper), and ama
snapper), just to name a few, but all are considered inferior to the
snapper is best during the spring, when
they are ready to breed and the male red snapper is considered better.
they loose a lot of fat content and they are not favored for sushi or
Some red snapper caught in the Naruto
strait (central Japan)
have bumps on their rear spine, which result from fighting rigorous
red snappers are rare, and their flesh have the best texture. These red
snappers which are nicknamed kobu dai
(bump snapper) have very well developed muscles, and if caught during
spring season, the extra fat content makes them a delicacy.