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Tilapia: an international star

You must have noticed that this blog runs ads from the Blogherads network. Pinoy Cook is also part of the network. But since Blogherads operate with “channels”, the rotating headlines (the links underneath the banner ads) here are different from those in Pinoy Cook, this blog being part of the parenting channel and Pinoy Cook being part of the food channel. But this entry is not about Blogherads.

Two days ago, one of the headlines in the food channel was a link to a tilapia recipe. It’s called breaded tilapia (with flax!) and I was curious enough to click. Surprisingly, it was an American blog. An American cooking tilapia and calling it tilapia? During Pinoy Cook’s first year of existence, expats in the U.S. and Canada would often ask me for the English name of tilapia because they were having a hard time looking for it in North America. That was a four years ago and, today, tilapia is known all over the world as tilapia.

casaveneracion.com steamed tilapiaMy amazement, naturally, was due to an impression that tilapia is the fish’s Filipino name. Apparently, such is not the case. According to Wikipedia, “The common name tilapia is based on the name of the cichlid genus Tilapia, which is itself a latinisation of thiape, the Tswana word for ‘fish’. The genus name and term was first introduced by Scottish zoologist Andrew Smith in 1840.” Well, you learn something new everyday.

And, yes, it appears that tilapia has become an international star. If cooking were fashion, tilapia would be today’s haute couture. Or, maybe, the phenomenon isn’t new and the tilapia has been a star for a long time and I just wasn’t aware of it. Tilapia is recommended in gout diet, low calorie diet, bodybuilding (!) diet and low carb diet. And, being part of low carb diet, not surprisingly, I also found tilapia among the recommended ingredients in the South Beach Diet.

Wow, tilapia is Alex’s favorite fish and that’s why I have so many tilapia recipes in Pinoy Cook. I feel so fashionable. :mrgreen:

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