Freshwater fish is the fish that is found in inland water bodies that are not salty like oceans and seas. In places that are not on the coast, these fishes are eaten extensively. They taste differently from salt water fishes and have different anatomy as well. Fishes are an excellent source of nutrition since they tend to be low in salts and cholesterol. They are also rich in proteins, which make them a good food substitute for meat. Fishes are also very rich in vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. They contain high amounts of vitamins A, D and B complex. Calcium is also present in high amounts in many freshwater fishes. There are a large number of freshwater fish varieties available in edible variety. However, it is best to eat fishes that are native you that particular place they tend to be the healthiest and tastiest.
Basa fish is one of the famous freshwater fish varieties. It is found in the fresh water of Vietnam and exported to all parts of the world. It is mostly found n Mekong River Delta located in Vietnam. This fish is also found in Thailand in Chao Phraya basin. In the international market, this is one of the major varieties that are exported. Basa is known by different names in different parts of the world. Australians call it bocourti, British call it River cobbler and in the other parts of European continent, the fish is known by names such as panga and pangasius. This fish largely resembles catfish, which is why some of the catfish varieties are commonly mistaken for basa fish.
Basa is a very popular fish variety and hence, is farmed in large quantities in various parts of the world. Also, there is a hike in the demand for the fish in different parts of the world, which has made it mandatory to farm for the fish since naturally available fish cannot meet international demand. Fishing of this fish is a common sport in Vietnam. Basa farming is also the major occupation of a lot of people living along the coast of Mekong river. A lot of care goes into fish farming. It is ensured that water is not polluted and the fish get good growing potential. Fishing is done in select seasons and fishes are let to grow and spawn. Although there is a lot of similarity between Basa fish and catfishes, the major difference in their behavior patterns is that Basa likes strong currents while the catfishes like calmer waters.
Basa is among the best types of fishes used in culinary industry. The meat of these fishes has a very mild flavor, which makes it very appealing. The fish also absorbs flavors of ingredients well and comes out delicious once cooked. It is whitish to look at and has a very clean taste. A large part of its taste is also attributed to the way it is bred. So, if you are fond of fish, Basa is a variety that you should try.
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