Maori Name: Pūwhara
Latin Name: Kathetostoma giganteum
Weight: 1.5-5kg up to 9kg
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Monkfish are caught by trawling, principally around the South Island.
Monkfish/stargazer flesh is firm, succulent and pearly white, with a low oil content. It is suited to;
The appearance of Monkfish can be off-putting to some. This was the case in South Korea until the 1940s when a shortage of other fish caused the need to take a second look. Fishers challenged their local cooks to create a dish tasty enough to overcome the ugly factor. The result is 'agujiim', a spicy delicacy.
Monkfish/Stargazer is a good source of Vitamin B12 and Selenium; and a source of Iodine, Phosphorus, Potassium and Niacin (vitamin B3).
Seafood is a highly nutritious food and is a great source of protein. Many species are low in saturated fat and a number of them are a good source of Omega 3.