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Chalk Stream Rainbow Trout
Hampshire, England

$25.95

~1 Lb Filets

The birthplace of fly fishing, the Test and Itchen Rivers of Hampshire are world-famous for producing the finest English rainbow trout.

The birthplace of fly fishing, the Test and Itchen Rivers of Hampshire are world-famous for producing the finest English rainbow trout. 

THE FISH

The quality of the fish produced is directly related to the quality of the water and the high flow rates of the farms. It is the pure chalkstream water that gives the fish a unique fresh, clean taste. The high flow design of the farms produces an exceptionally lean, athletic fish. Slow-grown over two years in the same conditions as a wild trout from the Test and Itchen, they are firm, well-muscled fish. 

A true rainbow trout raised exclusively in freshwater, ChalkStream fish are red-fleshed and are harvested at the robust and versatile size of 2.5-3 kg.  


Dr. Mark Pettus in a conversation with us about our fish sourcing said, "With respect to farmed fish, I believe the methodology for farming, when sustainable, is a great option for us."


Fifth on Dr. Josh Axe's 14 Best fish to eat is trout.  Rachael Link, MS, RD, wrote an article on draxe.com, "Trout are a member of the Salmonidae family, and are widely considered one of the best freshwater fish to eat. Each serving supplies a long list of important nutrients, including B vitamins, phosphorus and potassium.  According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, farmed rainbow trout is one of the best options in terms of safety and sustainability. It’s also highly versatile and works well paired with your choice of herbs and seasoning."

We believe frozen fish, when not left too long before freezing, is a tremendous value!  Not unlike frozen produce, seafood can also be frozen at it's prime to maximize flavor and nutrient density.  The quality, value, and shelf-life of this fish we've brought in for you is advantageous, particularly in these leaner times.


For our inland based habitat and in our current world where microplastics have impacted most aquatic life, including in shellfish living at depths so great to be devoid of light, we feel strongly that eating high quality seafood is far better than not eating it.  The risk:reward significantly favors the consumption of fish.

 

THE CHALKSTREAM FARM

True chalkstream rivers are fed exclusively by springs emerging from chalk downland. Rainfall filters through the chalk bedrock to emerge gin-clear and full of minerals and nutrients, creating an exceptionally verdant and unique habitat. 

The farms are built on the sites of old water mills, providing a huge volume of water (about 36 million gallons per day) for the fish to grow in a constant current that mirrors their natural river environment. Trout grow out in hard-sided and gravel-bottomed tanks and raceways and are kept at a stocking density of 35-40 kg fish per cubic meter of water. 

The outflow from the farms pass through specially designed settling channels to remove waste and ensure the water returns to the river in class-A rated condition. The Test and Itchen Rivers are two of the most highly monitored rivers in the UK, and the farm outflows are subject to constant testing by the Environment Agency to ensure water quality.

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Available in 16 ounce cuts vacuum sealed and frozen.

BerkShore, N. Hampton, Mass.

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