Monday, 12 November 2012

The Jew Fish

I wonder what fish this was:

"The Jew-fish is a very good Fish, and I judge so called by the English, because it hath Scales and Fins, and therefore a clean Fish, according to the Levitical Law, and the Jews at Jamaica buy them, and eat them very freely.  It is a very large Fish, shaped much like a Cod, but a great deal bigger; one will weigh three, or four, or five Hundred Weight. It hath a large Head, with great Fins and Scales, as big as an Half-Crown, answerable to the bigness of his Body, It is very sweet Meat, and commonly fat. This Fish lives among the Rocks; there are plenty of them in the West-Indies, about Jamaica, and the Coast of Caraccos; but chiefly in these Seas, especially more Westward."

William Dampier. A Collection Of Voyages: In Four Volumes. 1729

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a grouper:

    Very common in the Med as well, where it's used for Tuesday's fish couscous in Tunisia (by Jews and Muslims alike). Delicious.