Fish - Mullets - Shevte

Glossary - Animal Derivatives

The mullets or grey mullets are a family (Mugilidae) of ray-finned fish found worldwide in coastal temperate and tropical waters, and in some species in fresh water also.[1] Mullets have served as an important source of food in Mediterranean Europe since Roman times. The family includes about 80 species in 17 genera.

Mullets are distinguished by the presence of two separate dorsal fins, small triangular mouths, and the absence of a lateral line organ. They feed on detritus, and most species have unusually muscular stomachs and a complex pharynx to help in digestion.[1]

Mullet swim in large schools and are commonly seen jumping out of the water, hence the name jumping mullet. This makes it easy for fishermen to spot the fish even in the dark. Mullet feed on aquatic plants and algae found floating, attached to the bottom or mixed in with surface sediments. The mullet is considered a vegetarian and is the only fish that has a gizzard, much like a chicken, that is used to grind up and digest plant material. Commercial harvesters use a cast, beach or haul seine net to catch mullet

      Fresh whole fish should have:
      -- A shiny surface with tightly adhering scales.
      -- Gills that are deep red or pink, free of slime, mucus and off-odor.
      -- Clean shiny belly cavity with no cuts or protruding bones.
      -- A mild aroma, similar to the ocean.

      Fresh steaks, fillets and loins should have:
      -- A translucent look.
      -- Flesh that is firm and not separating.
      -- A mild odor, similar to the ocean.
      -- No discoloration.
      -- Packaging that keeps them from being bent in an unnatural position

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