10 February 2011, 15:53

Jellyfish considered a delicacy in the Far East

Jellyfish considered a delicacy in the Far East
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The residents of the Maritime Territory will soon be able to taste a number of dishes containing Sand Jellyfish (Rhopilema). Scientists in Russia have worked out an original technology for preparing such dishes.

The residents of the Maritime Territory will soon be able to taste a number of dishes containing Sand Jellyfish (Rhopilema). Scientists in Russia have worked out an original technology for preparing such dishes. The reserves of Sand Jellyfish have grown considerably in the Russian Far East in recent years, and now it is possible to put Sand Jellyfish fishing on an industrial scale.

Rhopilema is the most delicious and expensive jellyfish among 12 edible medusas, the fishing of which is being carried out in the world today. Only 10 years ago Sand Jellyfish was a rarity in the Maritime Territory. Scientists say that the warm current from neighbouring China has made their appearance in the Russian Far East possible. The local climate favours the migrant medusas, and now you can meet the inhabitants of the Sea of Japan, the China Sea and the Yellow Sea in large quantities near the Maritime Coast. 

Rhopilemas are absolutely harmless. However, rough touches and solar light affect them: they immediately start “thawing”. That is why the Chinese fish them with their hands at night-time. Sand Fish are considered to be a delicacy not only in China. Let’s take Korea for example.  If there’re no medusa dishes in a restaurant, the top level status will never be granted to it. 

In an interview with the Voice of Russia the Head of the Sector of Biochemistry at the TINRO-centre Doctor of Science (Biology) Tatyana Pivnenko said.

If you start tasting a Sand Jellyfish dish, you’ll say that there’s nothing special about it. Therefore, natural additives, which is preferable, and seafood make it possible to add something to its flavour. The Chinese call Sand Jellyfish the “crystal meat” because of their transparent consistence and plasticity. There’s much food for fantasy here.

Sand Jellyfish are not popular in Russia, including the Far East, today. Russian Scientists have worked out a special technology for making foodstuffs from medusas. The new technology makes it possible to preserve all the medicinal qualities of medusas, which are rich in mineral substances.

Scientists in the Maritime Territory plan to offer Rhopilema foodstuffs and biological additives for sale not only in some more regions in Russia but also in the Pacific Rim countries. The TINRO-centre specialists have already accumulated a successful experience in spreading their advanced developments. The dietetic Laminaria gel, which they have created, is very popular today. It is very good for the prevention of the iodine deficit and disbacteriosis, and also after chemical and antibiotic treatment. Besides, the TINRO-centre produces a bay scallop mantle preparation.

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