Salmons, Trouts, and Relatives

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

  • About
The salmons and trouts are among the most familiar of our food fishes—and among the most remarkable. The family is one of the oldest among the fishes, going back more than 100 million years. The salmons are carnivores that are born in freshwater, go to the sea to mature, and return to their home streams to spawn. The freshwater trouts evolved from several landlocked groups of Atlantic and Pacific salmon.