Do "Vegetarian Fish" Taste Better? | Agricultural Sciences

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Do "Vegetarian Fish" Taste Better?

June 16, 2010


Researchers at SIUC are collaborating on a project to determine if hybrid striped bass raised on soy-based feed taste better and are healthier and more economical than other fish.  Dr. Sylvia Smith, a certified chef and Assistant Professor in Food and Nutrition is working with Dr. Jesse Trushenski, a fish nutritionist in the Zoology Department.  They are tackling the project in two segments; (1) Raising the fish in a pond setting, and (2) Getting the fish onto the menu in restaurants in Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis.  The fish, termed “vegetarian fish,” will be harvested, tested, prepared and tasted.  If the fish grow well, survive and taste good, there could be a market for them.