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Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna


Scientific Name: Thunnus albacares
Common Name: Yellowfin tuna, Pacific yellowfin, ahi (Hawaiian), “light-meat” tuna
Flavor: Mild/Moderate
Texture: Firm

Product Profile: Yellowfin tuna has a mild, meaty flavor — similar, some say, to swordfish. It’s more flavorful than albacore, but leaner than bluefin. The meat is bright red in its raw state but, when cooked, turns brown to grayish-tan, firm and moist, with large flakes. Yellowfin is also served raw as sashimi and in sushi. Canned product (light-meat tuna) is a bit darker than canned albacore and is often blended with skipjack tuna.Look for tuna meat with a glistening, wet look. The ideal is bright translucent red. Fat is desirable, as more fat means more flavor.

Product Forms: Fresh: H&G, Chunks, Loins, Steaks / Frozen: H&G, Chunks, Loins, Steaks / Value-added: Canned, Pre-marinated steaks, Smoked strips and jerky, Sashimi, Burgers (patties)
Substitutions: Swordfish, Mako shark, Other tunas
Global Supply: France, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United States

SKU: NE-FF-TNA Category: Product ID: 1355


Yellowfin, as its name implies, is distinguished from other tunas by a long, bright-yellow dorsal fin and a yellow strip down its side. It’s also more slender than bluefin. With its flashy markings, the yellowfin tuna is especially impressive at night. Fishermen say that when watching yellowfin feed, it’s easy to see why they carry the Hawaiian name ahi, or fire. Yellowfin is the most tropical species of tuna, abundant in warm waters throughout the Pacific and Atlantic, often mixed with other species, especially skipjack tuna. The fish is most often harvested by purse seine, but the best-quality yellowfin is caught by hook and line. Market size runs from 7 1/2 to 20 pounds. High-quality fresh yellowfin comes from Hawaii, Florida, Mexico, southern California and the Gulf of California. Tuna is often canned in countries other than those harvesting it. Top canning countries exporting tuna to the United States include Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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