Salmon roe has been known as a great fertility food since ancient times. As eggs contain all of the nutrients needed to create life, it does make sense that eggs of any kind are a great fertility & nutritional wealth building food.
"The eggs of the salmon are dried and stored as an important item of nutrition for both children and adults. They are also used to increase the fertility of the women. From a chemical standpoint they are one of the most nutritious foods I have found anywhere." Dr. Weston Price in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
I know a few of the Ray Peat readers might be thinking-- what about PUFA fat? Salmon being a fattier fish, the eggs are higher in PUFA fats, which is usually something you want to avoid. However, I find that the amazing nutrient profile found in salmon roe outweigh any PUFA containing effects. You really can't find a more nutrient dense food!
Salmon Caviar - What you need:
- About 1 pound of fresh salmon roe skeins
- Strainer (like this)
- 2-3 large bowls
- Few sets of hands
- Time & patience
- Pure salt (like this)
- Ziploc bag (like this)
- Over a bowl, take a small handful of salmon roe at a time, and separate each individual egg from the sack and any surrounding threads of membrane (this takes a little patience!)
- Prepare a large glass bowl with cold water and a few tablespoons of salt (I recommend 3-5 tablespoons per every 3-4 cups of water, depending on how salty you want it).
- Discard the membrane and put the eggs in the saltwater mixture for 20-30 minutes.
- Transfer the cured eggs to a strainer held over a bowl. Fill a Ziploc bag with water and set over the eggs to help press the water out and place in fridge for 6-10 hours to strain.
- Put eggs in a glass container and the salmon caviar will keep for at least 10 days, but after that may develop a fishy taste.
- Enjoy! 2 tablespoons salmon caviar is loaded with an abundance of cholesterol, omega 3 fatty acids, B12, brain building DHA, and about 6tb of protein per serving. It's also packed with fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2 (activator X).
Price, Weston. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. 2002. Retrieved on September 20, 2013 from http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200251h.html
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