Saturday, August 11, 2012

Is the paiche fish kosher?

Time Magazine   The paiche, also known as pirarucu or by its scientific name, arapaima gigas, can grow up to 10 feet and weigh up to 500 pounds.  It is sought out for its tasty white meat. Barely changed from the Miocene era (which ended more than 5 million years ago), the living fossil is easy to catch with a harpoon or net because it has to come to the surface to breath. Other fish breathe underwater, taking oxygen from water through their gills.

The combination of taste and the ease with which it is landed nearly led to the demise of the paiche, which is included on a list of controlled species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

8 comments :

  1. In the picture, it looked like it had big scales.

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  2. http://www.artisanfish.com/index-3.html

    FROZEN ALL NATURAL FILLETS PAREVE KOSHER CERTIFIED
    We certify a limited amount of Paiche under strict supervision by the Rabbi of the Chabad Lubavitch in Lima, Peru.

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  3. Judging from their size, I wouldn't be surprised if they're wondering the same thing about us!

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  4. Will you be posting about Rav Sternbuch's letter about Asrah Kadishah?

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  5. It is sought out for its tasty white meat. Barely changed from the Miocene era (which ended more than 5 million years ago),

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    Cannot be kosher! if the fish species was not changed in more than 5 millions year, the fish is kofer, and apikorus. and cannot serve as a dayan. ( per rav Eisenstein and rav Tropper shita).

    Maybe rav Slifkin and his followers and some Modern Orthodox will eat the fish.

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  6. Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld rabbikurcfeld@star-k.org

    Aug 13 (13 days ago)

    to me, Star-K
    Sorry, this is not a common fish and, therefore, we do not have any info but I did find a Lubavitcher Rabbi that does certify it. See: http://www.artisanfish.com/index-3.html bottom right-corner of page. Maybe you can contact him for info.

    Rabbi Mayer Kurcfeld
    Kashrus Administrator
    STAR-K Kosher Certification
    122 Slade Ave, Suite 300
    Baltimore, Maryland 21208
    410-484-4110
    410-653-9294 (fax)

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  7. The Fish is definitely Kosher.
    Has large scales. That's all there is to it. :)
    Lay person with some סמאַרץ
    Moisha B

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  8. Jews in Brazil definitely eat it and consider it kosher -- it's traditional at Passover among the Jewish community in Amazonia, where the the modern post-Inquisition community in Brazil was first established, in Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon. Piranha are also kosher (fins and scales). Pirarucu also have fins and scales.

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