Blue-fin tuna of Tsugaru Channel, also known as Hon-maguro, are typically larger than other tuna, weighing 200 to 300 kg (440 to 881 lbs). The greatest aspect of Oma tuna fishing is the pole-and-line fishing style.
Oma tuna is highly valued as rare specialty for its deliciousness and perfect amount of fat. In 2013, a 222-kg (489 lbs) tuna was sold at the record of 155.4 million yen at the Tsukiji market bidding. Oma tuna is also called the “black diamond” for its value and body color.
Around the end of October, the Oma Cho-maguro Matsuri (Oma Super Tuna Festival) is held at the town of Oma. Tuna butchering demonstration, sales exhibition, and seafood barbeque are a few of the entertaining events at the festival.
The Oma tuna is used in a variety of local dishes such as a tuna burger, Oma maguro-joyu (soy sauce with tuna extract), stick sushi, and Oma tuna curry.
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Why Oma Tuna is Delicious
The best part of Oma tuna is its perfect balance of fat. The Oma tuna swims in the Tsugaru channel, where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and Sea of Japan join, the fish mainly prey on squid and fatty saury. This gives the tuna just the right amount of fat. Blue-fin tuna are said to swim as fast as 90 km/hour (55 miles/hour) to maintain their body temperature in the cold northern ocean. The Oma tuna is a favorite for sashimi (sliced raw fish), with delectable red meat. The best season for Oma tuna is from fall to New Year, during the coldest season.
Shops/Restaurants Serving Oma Tuna
|Sakana-kui no Oomanzoku|
|Adress||17-377 Omadaira Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|
|Bed & Restaurant Marine House Kudo|
|Adress||17-736 Omadaira Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|
|Adress||20-1 Ueno Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|
|Address||23-32 Hosoma Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|
|Address||69-3 Oma Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|
|Adress||75 Oma Oma Oma-machi, Aomori 039-4601|