Pomfret has thick white flesh with pearl-like translucency that is white in colour. The silver side of the pomfret is said to be delicious and easily edible as it does not require scaling and can be easily filleted.
Pomfret fish often have a somewhat similar appearance. Their bodies have a teardrop shape, with a wide head that tapers back towards the tail. Some have short fins, others have quite lengthy dorsal and anal fins on their upper and lower sides. Each species (silver pomfret and back pomfret) has its own unique size. Generally, members of this group measure between 30cm to 60cm long on average.
Black pomfret and silver pomfret are found globally in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as numerous seas and Nearly all these fish can be found in the high seas. As a whole, the same species prefer living in extremely deep waters, while others live along the continental shelf somewhat closer to the shore.
In FAO 51 especially the Persian Gulf, Oman sea and Arabian sea we can catch silver pomfret and black pomfret by traditional and modern deep-catching methods.Pomfret is also known as angel fish, butterfish, pompano and halva fish.
Pomfret contains valuable nutrients:Pomfret is a great source of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D and B vitamin, also including vitamin B12 such as other fish families. It also offers iodine, critical for the thyroid gland. Pomfret is a useful brain food and good for eyesight and healthy hair and skin.
Pomfret is a reasonable source of healthy fats:Consuming angel fish rich in omega-3 fats, such as the black pomfret, promotes cardiovascular health by increasing heart rate variability.Pomfret fish is capable of providing almost 15 per cent of our daily value for omega-3 fatty acids in one 4-ounce serving.
Pomfret fish help maintains cardiovascular health by helping the regulation of blood clotting, can reduce tissue inflammation and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Pomfret whether silver pomfret or black pomfret have also played a beneficial role in irregular heartbeat tuning, reducing depression and halting mental decline in older people.
1. Pampus Argenteus (Silverpomfret, White pomfret, Butterfish, Zubaidi, Pompano)
2. Parastromateus Niger (Blackpomfret)
Less than one week in Central Asia / Western Asia1 – 6 weeks in Europe4 – 8 weeks in East Asia
6 – 8 weeks in North America