The Delicious USA festival, taking place from July 16–August 16, features some 24 restaurants that showcase the versatility and wholesomeness of food from the United States. While the full list of restaurants and their dishes will be announced in early July, we want to give you a preview of some hero products that chefs have chosen to highlight in their Delicious USA dishes. Hopefully this will whet your appetite and feed you with knowledge to pose as an expert when you enjoy the Delicious USA dishes with your friends.
Delicious USA Ingredient Preview Series: US seafood
Delicious USA 2020 features seafood from Alaska and the Northeast of the United States.
There are so many reasons to choose seafood from Alaska. From salmon, to crab, to cod, there’s something for everyone’s plate. The superior flavor and texture of Alaska seafood is prized around the world. The flavor and color characteristics come from the seafood species feeding on their natural diet of marine organisms, and the texture comes from annual migrations in the cold North Pacific. Wild-caught Alaska salmon, whitefish varieties and shellfish mature at a natural pace and swim freely in the pristine waters off Alaska’s rugged 54,700-km coastline. All Alaska aeafood is wild and pure, managed responsibly for continuing abundance.
Crab harvesting seasons are timed to ensure optimum quality and are strictly limited to ensure sustainability. Alaska snow crab is harvested during the fall and winter seasons and is available frozen throughout the year, ensuring a steady supply of superior-quality product.
The cold, clean waters of Alaska support huge stocks of Pacific salmon. There are five species of salmon that are commercially harvested in Alaska, including king salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon and keta salmon.
The Northeast of the United States is also home to delicious seafood such as clams, scallops, oysters and many species of fish. The region conducts responsible fishing and produces many quality seafood products. The American lobster is an example of a responsible and well-managed sustainable fishery.
American lobsters, also known as Maine lobsters, are distributed in the Northwest Atlantic, from Maine to North Carolina, from near shore to the outer edge of the continental shelf. Lobsters are bottom dwelling, solitary and territorial crustaceans that regularly shed their exoskeleton in order to grow. Lobsters molt 20–25 times (over 5–8 years) before reaching sexual maturity and legal harvestable size.
The US Atlantic sea scallop fishery is one of the world’s best examples of how managing a fishery for sustainability has produced a healthy resource, plus has increased landings and greater profitability. Through careful and successful management of this resource, the US Atlantic sea scallop fishery now supports the largest amount of landings in history – and it is the largest and most valuable wild scallop fishery in the world. It is distributed in the Northwest Atlantic, from Maine to North Carolina.
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