Why Tilapia?

Tilapia remains widely popular today. With all the craze about farm-raised salmon, it’s easy to overlook that tilapia has stood as the fourth most popular seafood in the U.S. year on year for over the last decade. And that is no mistake – tilapia is firm with a mild flavor, it is easy to prepare and it is affordable. Dubbed the “aquatic chicken”, it is delicious when served sautéed, baked or grilled “a la plancha” style in your fish tacos.
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Why Now?

There is a reason that tilapia has remained among the most popular farmed fish in the world by way of volume – it is relatively easy to farm in both cages and ponds. Tilapia is a resilient species and less prone to disease than other farmed fish. Tilapia also grows fast and requires less protein in its diet, making it a more environmentally sensible option. Tilapia is a hardy fish that does not require heavy investment in technology or infrastructure to grow and, as such, it is readily available to small farmers and larger commercial-scale producers alike.


Nile Tilapia

Paraiso Springs raises Nile tilapia (Oreochromis Niloticus) which is a species of fish with a long and noteworthy history. Also known as St. Peter’s Fish, tilapia was featured prominently in the diet of civilizations as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. Fast forward a few millennia, and according to the Gospel of Luke, tilapia is believed to have been the fish that Jesus and the Apostle Peter hauled from the Sea of Galilee in the Miraculous Catch. Now, fast forward a few more millennia to present day Guatemala. Here, conspicuously based along the banks of the Rio San Pedro (“St. Peter’s River”), Paraiso Springs humbly raises this extraordinary and delicious fish for your family’s dinner tonight and for the dinner of generations to come.