The pike-perch is also known under the names Schill and Pike perch. It belongs to the perch family and is a freshwater fish that is also native to us. The zander prefers large rivers and lakes with a hard, sandy bottom and slightly murky water. Zander are predatory fish, which almost exclusively separate themselves from other fish, such as e.g. B. smelt, feed. The fish, like the pike, has a slender and elongated shape. The color of the back is pale green with rows of dark spots, which also continue over the fins and tail. The zander’s mouth has many small fangs arranged in rows in the jaw. Usually, the fish is 40 to 120 cm long and weighs up to 12 kg.
Originally, the zander comes from the east and north of Europe. In Russia in particular, it plays an important role in the supply of fish. Today the fish is widespread throughout Central Europe. It can also be found in low-salt parts of the Baltic Sea. It can also be found from the Aral Sea across the Black Sea to the upper parts of the Danube and in the Hungarian Balaton. It is also native to some regions in Finland and Sweden. The zander stocks in many areas of the Baltic Sea are heavily fished or overfished. The stock situation is not systematically recorded in European inland waters, but many stocks appear to be overexploited and likely to continue to be overexploited. Zander is also bred in ponds.
Available all year round. The main fishing seasons are May and June, September to October. When buying, you should definitely pay attention to the MSC seal. It signals to the consumer that it is a product from guaranteed environmentally friendly managed fisheries.
The white meat of the zander is tasty and low in fat.
Zander fillets can be fried, boiled, steamed, and also grilled. Light sauces are often served with the fine taste of the fish. Click here for the recipes with zander.
The fish can be stored in the fridge for a day or two.
Nutritional value/active ingredients
Zander contains a lot of valuable protein, no carbohydrates, and very little fat. It provides vitamin B12, niacin, potassium, and plenty of phosphorus. Due to its low carbohydrate and fat content, pike-perch (in low-fat preparation) is ideal for weight loss. Phosphorus helps maintain normal bones and teeth, and the mineral potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure. Vitamin B12 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and niacin to normal functioning of the nervous system.