The firm, meaty texture and rich, distinctive flavor of fresh Ahi Tuna makes it one of the most popular seafood choices around the globe. Ahi is a Hawaiian term that refers to both Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna. While technically different species, the two can be difficult to tell apart in terms of taste an appearance. As a result our expert fishmongers look for and select the best quality product available each evening. Some differences you may notice are Yellowfin being a bit firmer and milder. Bigeye may be a lighter red and a have a higher fat content.
Regardless if it's yellowfin, bigeye or bluefin, #1 tuna must exhibit high fat. The presence of fat will appear as marbling in the meat and near the skin. The texture will have a sticky feel to it and the color should be red, shiny and translucent. This is the best grade for all raw applications - sushi, crudo, etc.
- #1 Grade Tuna Steak
Source: US Food & Drug Administration
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