Copper River Wild King Salmon
On: May 06, 2016
“I’m Coming Home” is not just a hit song, but it’s the tune being played by Mother Nature beckoning the return of the Copper River King Salmon to the headwaters of their birth.
These fabulous fish have spent years at sea gorging themselves for the long journey home to spawn. Once they reach the Copper River Delta near Cordova, Alaska, the fish must wait till the tides are just right to start their journey up 300 miles of pristine, glacier-fed rapids twisting through the Wrangell and Chugach Mountains where they will mate. Because the journey is so long, they must store extra fat and oils in order to survive.
This high fat and oil content is why Copper River King Salmon is recognized as the world’s best eating salmon. There are several species of salmon that return to the Copper River, but it is the King Salmon (Chinook salmon) that is the noble royalty. Don’t be fooled by imposters—make sure you are getting the real thing!
Look for the first fish to arrive at Dorothy Lane Market around May 17, so long as Mother Nature, boats, and planes all play well together! of their birth.