Salmon facts

Salmon is the fish of the Salmoniformes order which is found in Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It is anadromoius and usually born in the fresh water and migrates to sea and again return to the freshwater for the reproduction. The appearance of the Salmon differs according to the species. Some are silvery to blue and some has black spots. It could change the color in the salt water. The diet of the Salmon is invertebrates, insects, eels, squid and shrimp.

Name Salmon
Native Native to North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The word salmon was derived from the Latin word salmo that means to leap.
Habit Anadromous, carnivorous, found in fresh water
Incubation rates 60 to 200 days
Size Length: 20 inches to 5 feet
Lifespan King salmon: 4-6 years
Sockeye: 4-6 years
Silver: 3-4 years
Color Blue, silver or red
Flesh color Orange to red
Skin color White to black
Flavor/aroma Strong and distinct
  • Chinook
  • Chum
  • Coho
  • Pink
  • Sockeye
Weight 4-110 pounds
Major Nutritions Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamine) 4.42 µg (184.17%)
Selenium, Se 72.1 µg (131.09%)
Isoleucine 1.825 g (109.15%)
Lysine 3.637 g (108.76%)
Tryptophan 0.444 g (100.91%)
Threonine 1.736 g (98.64%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 15.469 mg (96.68%)
Valine 2.04 g (96.59%)
Histidine 1.166 g (94.64%)
Leucine 3.219 g (87.09%)
Health Benefits
  • Great source of nutrients
  • Insulin level
  • Cardiovascular ailments
  • Nerve and brain
  • Eye health
  • Heart health
  • Brain health
  • Enhance mood
  • Assist digestion
  • Bone health
Calories in 0.5 fillet (154 g) 356 Kcal.
How to Eat It could be canned, smoked, baked, candied or make soups.
Other Facts
  • The flesh might contain marine parasites and Anisakis nematodes.
  • It is not eaten in Japan.
  • It is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
  • Salmon does not eat during migration.
  • Some types have become endangered.
  • It remains in fresh water for 6 months to 3 years.


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