Fish of the month - October

Fish of the month - October

October's fish of the month is Octopus.
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Octopus

The Octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-armed mollusc. Octopuses inhabit various regions of the ocean, including coral reefs, the open sea and the sea bed. Most species grow fast, mature early and are short-lived.

Octopus is a common dish in many different cultures but the most common are probably Chinese and Japanese. In Japan, raw octopus is a staple in sushi dishes.

Greek, Spanish and Caribbean, and even Italian, cuisines also include octopus. In Greek preparations, octopus may be grilled over an open flame. In Italian dishes, it is often served with pasta or as a carpaccio and in the Caribbean, octopus is often served in ceviche.

Octopus is a low calorie protein source that is both nutritious and filling. It is also full of vitamins and is low fat, but high in iron. At first glance it may seem daunting but cooking Octopus at home is well worth while and not all difficult. Its tentacles are delicious and can be prepared in a myriad of ways. When properly prepared, octopus is fairly similar in texture to lobster. Octopus is sometimes confused with calamari, which is squid. Squid and octopus are surprisingly very different. Squid is tougher than octopus, but the meat is smoother. Octopus, unless not cooked properly, is much tenderer than squid.

Octopus

Recipe idea with Octopus

Simple marinated octopus salad

Check out our special recipe by a top UK food blogger for this month's "Fish of the month".

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Our Octopus is sold as a whole large one which is between 1kg and 1.2kg in size. 

Wine Pairing

A variety of wines pair well with Octopus. Crisp, bright acidity is required. Certainly Sauvignon Blanc or a dry French-style Rosé are both good choices but so too is a bold Cabernet Sauvignon.

Budget (£5.00-£7.00)

Try this Casablanca Chilean Sauvignon Blanc available from Aldi at £6.99 per bottle. From the lush, vine-covered hills of the Casablanca Valley overlooking the Pacific, this limited-edition Sauvignon Blanc has wonderful layers of tropical aromas including grapefruit, pineapple, nectarine and sea salt. With a tremendous, full palate boasting peach and passion fruit flavours, this wine pairs beautifully with all seafood and of course, Octopus.

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Medium Priced (£7.00 - £9.00)

Try this Raso de la Cruz Tempranillo Cabernet available from Marks & Spencer at £7.50 per bottle for a bold pairing with our marinated Octopus salad recipe. It is a deeply coloured, fragrant red with flavours of morello cherry, crushed black pepper and wild Mediterranean herbs. 

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Premium: (£10.00 - £15.00)

This 2016 M de Minuty Rosé from province in France  is available from Majestic Wine at £12.99 per single bottle or £10.99 for a mixed case of six. Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel and will be the perfect partner for our featured recipe of simple marinated Octopus salad.

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