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perche du Nil

Nile perch

Nile perch

Lates niloticus. Perche du Nil (Nile perch) is a mild-tasting freshwater fish from the lakes and rivers of East Africa, depicted in several Egyptian tombs and periodically sold in France in thick pink filets. It is a fierce predator that can grow up to two metres in length and weigh up to 200kg and has been something of a disaster for the native species in Lake Victoria, where it was introduced for sport fishing in the 1950s.

Millions of tons were exported to the EU in the past couple of decades, although you see less of it now; it was nearly always the cheapest fish on the market.

Also known as African snook, Goliath perch, African barramundi, Goliath barramundi and Giant lates.

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Daiju Azuma