The tropical Pumpus Argenteus can be traced at the coasts from the Persian Gulf to Borneo. Also considered as a butterfish the Pumpus Argenteus can grow up to size 23 inches. However, the most common species size ranges to around 10 inches with a weight of about 9 ½ ounces. Though the Pumpus Argenteus is popular commercially it does not fall in the endangered category and might expand its range further by 2050.
Having soft white flesh and a non- fleshy flavour the Pumpus Argenteus is consumed in a lot of places. When cooked the flesh disintegrates and provides a suitable flavour to the dish. Unfortunately, the fillets of the fish are pretty soft and cannot be used for preparing the soup. Mostly the fish is steamed whole with just a few slashes across its skin. It is this quality which makes the Pumpus Argenteus a prized catch for many.
The fin rays of the White Pomphret hold together well and you usually find less ribs to handle. With the same slashes, you can also bake the pomfret and consume without any worries. You can easily find the Pumpus Argenteus in countries like the Philippines, China and Southeast Asian countries. Though premium in nature its prices have dipped due to increased supply.
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