Top Pick Of The Week

August 1, 2006

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G'Day Gourmet Tuna
If you like canned tuna or salmon, you’ll love these. If you’re not crazy about canned fish, we bet you’ll be saying “G’Day” to G’Day Gourmet. Shown: Tomato Basil, Tomato Salsa and Tomato Onion tunas. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.
WHAT IT IS: Single-serve seasoned canned tuna in six different flavors, wild Alaskan salmon in three flavors.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Gourmet flavors; the tuna is the skipjack species fished in pristine waters, and has very low levels of mercury.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Low-calorie (it uses cholesterol- free canola oil to blend the seasonings), controlled portions with ready-to-eat convenience and exciting tastes. Plus, easy portability for work, school, desk drawers and stashing anywhere you need snacks.
BUY IT AT: Whole Foods Markets and other fine food stores.

G’Day Gourmet:
Singing A Different Tuna


CAPSULE REPORT: When was the first time someone got excited over the taste of tuna, straight from the can? In America, we’re willing to bet the answer is “very recently,” when G’Day Gourmet’s line of “Australian-style savory tuna” arrived. These wonders from Down Under are also user-friendly, in 3.5-ounce single-serve cans with convenient pull-tab tops. Had they not arrived on U.S. retail shelves, we would have had them shipped from Australia!

Instead of mixing tuna with mayo, you enjoy them already seasoned, in Chili, Lemon Pepper, Mild Indian Curry, Tomato Basil, Tomato Salsa and Tomato Onion. There are three flavors of canned salmon as well. Happy news for dieters, four of the six tuna flavors are from 135 to 168 calories; the three salmons are from 99 to 145 calories. Single serve, loaded with Omega 3’s, portable and absolutely delicious—sorry Charlie, no other canned tuna (or salmon) stands a chance with us now. Available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, with additional distribution in the works. NOTE: Do not confuse this wonderful product with Bumble Bee Sensations, a sad imitation of inferior taste and added sugar. Would you put sugar in your tuna? Read the full review below.

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Singing A Different Tuna: G’Day Gourmet Seasoned Canned
Tuna & Salmon



AustraliaThere are several species of tuna, five of which comprise the world’s significant commercial crop. Four names are likely familiar: albacore, bigeye, bluefin and yellowfin*. The fifth, skipjack, may be less of a household name, although it’s the largest source of canned tuna in the world and is in most of the cans labeled “light” tuna.

*YELLOWTAIL is a member of the jack family (Carangidae). The Japanese yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata) is a small fish that, at 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) is called hamachi in Japan and at 5 kilograms (11 pounds) is called buri. TUNA is a member of the mackerel family (Scombridae). Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) is commonly 80 pounds and occasionally reaches 200 pounds.

Skipjack is found in all the tropical and subtropical waters of the world, except for the eastern Mediterranean and Black Seas. It is much smaller than the other four species—generally just 6 to 8 pounds. Environmentally-focused consumers will like knowing that dolphins do not swim together with such small fish, as they do with the larger tuna, which makes skipjack a virtually guaranteed dolphin-safe species. The G’Day Gourmet skipjack, 1-1/2 to 2-year-old fish caught in the more pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, have very low mercury levels due to both the cleaner waters and the young age of the fish (larger, older fish have been in the water longer and have absorbed more pollutants).

The meat isn’t pinkish “white meat” like albacore, but darker meat “light tuna.” While white albacore is generally perceived as the “better” canned tuna, to our palate, a quality light tuna, like the Italian tunas that are often sold in supermarkets and specialty food stores, is much more flavorful. G’Day Gourmet seconds the point. We flipped for the taste of these all-natural tunas and their canned salmon cousins. That’s the good news; there’s a bit of a down side for some people. The tuna seasonings have some wheat in them (except for one flavor, Tomato Salsa), which will deter people on wheat-free diets. There’s also a smidgen of cane sugar (except for Chili). The salmons, however, are totally wheat- and sugar-free. And while the calories are fairly low for both tuna and salmon, there’s fat from the canola oil that’s used to dress the fish (essentially, the fish are lightly marinated in seasoned oil).

So this is a low-carb food, but not a low-fat one like tuna packed in water. But then, tuna packed in water is something many of us buy to avoid the calories (or the mediocre oil quality) of oil-packed tunas; then we spend time putting flavor into the dish. The G’Day Gourmet folks have already triumphed on those fronts. We just have to pull the ring tab and enjoy.

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