To me it's less about what they eat and more about what kind of conditions these nasty fish can thrive in. Carp can live in toxic water riddled with heavy metals, PCBs, etc. I don't see many sturgeon hanging out in the Columbia slough and making it out alive. There is a reason you see those signs posted at boat launches saying "DO NOT EAT (insert picture of carp)". I'm not a biologist so I don't know how far (if at all) carp migrate between clean and dirty bodies of water, but I steer clear all together.Interesting Facts: Bottom feeders, sturgeon eat a variety of organisms. Using their barbels to locate food and their extendable mouths to then vacuum it up, they eat sludge worms, aquatic insect larvae, plants, snails, shrimp, and crayfish. Sturgeon are among the oldest living species of fish.
Besides fish eggs, carp eat algae, other water plants, insects, earthworms, aquatic worms, snails, mussels, crayfish, and rotifers. They also eat old dead plant parts from the bottom. Common Carp swim along the bottom, sucking up mud and food items.
Not much difference here to me yet people rave over consuming sturgeon. lol
I'd try carp if it came out of clean water.
fortuneplanet is your neighbor in more than one respect. He lives in the Beaverton area and is from Bangladesh. I'm curious about the Asian store you mentioned that sells carp. Think they'd want any locally caught stuff lmao. They might be missing an eyeball or two but none of the meat would be bad . You might be right about that statistic of more people around the world who eat carp than trout/salmon. But I'm willing to bet most people around the world drink more dirty water than clean water. Doesn't mean it's good for you haha.I am from a land locked part of India, and we primarily eat warm water fish like carp. Carp is a fair way down the order when we consider the tastiest fish back home, but for folks like us and may be some from other countries too, carp is preferable to trout or salmon. Simple, we are used to the taste and know how to cook. If you try to cook carp like you cook salmon, or try to cook salmon the way we cook carp; you'd be better off eating that cedar plank I keep hearing about.
Looking at Mike's pic, I think fortuneplanet would probably turn out to be a neighbor of mine, that looks real good to me.
Our first step, after cleaning and washing, is to marinate the fish slices in salt and turmeric powder for at least an hour or so. Then we deep fry it, usually in mustard oil. We fry till cooked and red if we want to eat it fried, or do not cook it fully if we want to put it in a curry. I can share more details over pm if someone is interested.
Just FYI, never been able to catch a carp here yet, but I do buy carps from some Asian stores around here to eat. Imagine paying money to buy carp
PS: I came across some US government site, can't remember the link now, that said more people eat carp than trout or salmon. Food for thought?