My color is underdeveloped but I prefer cooked fish. I like to consider myself a notch or two above sea lion when looking at the “what’s for dinner” scale.
No, sushi and I are not old friends. But millions love it and there’s a new survey that tracks every state’s favorite sushi.
Risk vs Reward
To be honest, part of me is concerned about parasites and mercury, even though experts downplay the importance of parasites in raw fish. Web-MD contains a very colorful and fact-based analysis of about 15 different types of sushi with recommendations for consumption. It is a site worth checking out.
Let’s balance my personal interests with this from Men’s Health:
The bottom line is that sushi is healthy. It contains high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids from fish, as well as a great blend of vitamins and minerals. White rice provides carbohydrates for energy, and won’t raise blood sugar too dramatically because it’s mixed with fat and protein. To make sushi a balanced meal, add a side of veggies or a seaweed salad for a fiber and nutrient boost.
So where does he like any
Let’s say we’ve avoided parasites and mercury poisoning, and now we’re going to eat every otter’s favorite breakfast.
What do we need to know?
Folks at the Shane Co. used a variety of sources to compile a list of the 27 most popular sushi rolls followed by using Google Trends to analyze search interests for each roll across the United States over the past five years. (Whew!) Which led to a list of the most popular sushi rolls in every US state.
There is an overwhelming favorite
21 states agree that California’s list is America’s favorite.
Each of the three states generally seen as making up the Pacific Northwest has a favorite dish of sushi.
How to roll Oregon
Low Oregon with vegetable rolls. The nation’s second favorite. Could there be a worse option for me? Raw fish and vegetables? Best eat sea lion and floss with otter.
For people shy of seafood or vegetarians, vegetable rolls (with things like avocado, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, onions, asparagus, and tofu) are healthy and readily available at supermarkets and sushi restaurants. By the way, pickled ginger is a common condiment served with sushi. It is intended to cleanse the palate between bites.
California Dreamin’ on Idaho Day
What about Idaho? Surely they can do better than Oregon! Can. Oregon sells to its neighbor in the south, matches the packaging, and goes to California.
California rolls include rice, nori, avocado, cucumber, and “crab” (usually surimi, or imitation crab, made with pollock, egg whites, sugar, and other things). It is sometimes served as uramaki (with rice on the outside and kelp and ingredients on the inside). Generally, California rolls are fine if you stay away from the high-calorie, greasy, mayonnaise-like dips and sauces.
The evergreen state is absolutely clear
Washingtonians take a slightly different approach. Instead, salmon, which many of us like to bake or grill, is taken from the fishing net and served raw in salmon rolls.
Salmon is one of the foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s a great choice over a little hand-pressed rice (nigiri sushi), in a roll (sushi maki), or many other ways. You have to watch the sauces and stuff, though. They can raise fat and calories.
Even Texans, raising cattle, eating steaks, Texans have their favorite sushi…and it doesn’t include seahorses. Cowboy Crowd prefers the avocado roll, which—you might have guessed—contains avocado, seaweed, and rice…but…no fish!
So where is the best place in Yakima to get sushi? Our friend Richa from MEGA993 has answered for you here…check it out..
I’ll just be there…in the corner…with my box of Mrs. Paul’s fish poster!
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