If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know by now that we always have big things going on at Oldways. Recipe contests, culinarias, conferences, racking up frequent ﬂier miles. It’s just how we roll here. So today, I wanted to make sure you guys knew about our latest adventure: we are kicking oﬀ a new initiative, “Oldways Traditional American Table” with Kwik’pak Fisheries in Emmonak, a small village in Alaska’s Yukon Delta.
For two decades, the staﬀ here at Oldways has been all about exploring the food histories of other countries, speciﬁcally in the Mediterranean region, Asia and Latin America. Now, it’s time for us to celebrate the wonderful old ways of America! (cue the ﬁreworks!)
Sara, our Executive Vice President, is so excited. “While our traditions here in the U.S. may be younger than others, they have a profound inﬂuence on the way we eat and live,” she said in our press release. “Our ﬁrst collaboration is with a truly American product, Wild Alaskan Yukon River Salmon, harvested by the Yup’ik ﬁshing families. This is a perfect old ways product: nutritious, sustainable, and delicious.”
Bottom line: Wild Yukon River salmon packs a powerful nutritional punch!
- Yukon Salmon are at least twice as high in Omega-3 fatty acids — and in some cases, even three or four times as high — as any other ﬁsh in the USDA database, according to independent research.
- One 100-gram (3.5 oz.) serving of Yukon salmon contains up to 5.2 grams of Omega-3s — the equivalent of 10 average-potency ﬁsh oil capsules. For comparison, Alaskan Sockeye has 2.7 grams and canned tuna only .3 grams.
- Consuming Omega-3s has been linked to heart health, a strong immune system, healthy brain development, visual acuity and even mental health.
We’re hoping that this joint program will build awareness for the health beneﬁts, taste and varieties of Yukon River Salmon as well as tell the story of the Yup’ik Eskimos whose survival depends on these salmon. Kwik’pak Fisheries was founded in 2002 to provide economic security to the local community, and the program will include regional leadership education seminars and dinners, and in-store retail education events. Harvested using sustainable methods, fresh Yukon River Salmon is only available for a limited time each year, however, ﬂash frozen ﬁsh is available at retailers year-round.
We’re also hoping to include other tasty American treasures within the American Oldways program, like potatoes, cranberries, blueberries, wild rice, maple syrup, and farmstead cheese.
Personally, I’m very excited to be working with a such a great company and a healthy, good-for-you product. Plus, I love salmon more than a normal person should! We hope you’re excited too, and keep your ears and eyes open for more information to come.