It is too bad that most of the foods that are really healthy are often foods that are somewhat disliked, especially from little humans. You may name broccoli and very likey you will get that special frown and you may name herring and your child may have suddenly disappeared from the table.
Herring are small oily fish of a distinct silver color belonging to the Clupeidae family (Clupea harengus). The most common species are the Atlantic herring and the Pacific herring. They live by eating plankton and they tend to travel in schools. Herring are caught by the use of nets often producing a large catch. They are consumed differently depending on the country in which it is prepared.
In the United States most herring is found canned. Some are pickled, smoked or used to produce fish oil. In Europe instead, most herring is found smoked or salted and pickled in barrels. Pickled herring is very popular in Hokkaido, Japan and in many Finnish, Swedish and Jewish dishes.
However it is prepared, herring is a very beneficial fish with a good nutritional value.
Herring is usually caught when it reaches a point of having a minimum of 16% fat. This fat is what makes this fish particularly tasty. The fish is very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and is a good source of vitamin D. The Omega 3 fatty acids are very helpful for the eyes, brain and for a healthy heart.
It is very important that parents find where their herring is coming from and how safe it is to eat. Unfortunately, many wild fish contain mercury and dioxin nowadays. Farm fish on the other hand may contain chemicals and traces of antibiotics Herring is amongst them, however in some cases the benefits may outweigh the risks.
Herring is hardly found fresh because it has a short shelf life. It is mostly consumed pickled or it can be found salted. Those that eat it fresh are mostly fishers that consume it fresh from the sea.
Children that dislike eating herring may be enticed by simply getting them more interested. For instance, bring them along to the market and ask them to help choose a nice healthy fish. Teach them about how the fish is caught, how it is prepared and ask them if they will help at home in preparing it.
Children that are involved in preparing meals are generally also particularly interested in eating the food prepared as well. Allow them to get in touch with their inner artist, and ask them to garnish the final dish with some colorful vegetables. A nice beet salad with herring may entice children to eat it because of its interesting final color.
Generally, most children like dips. Prepare a variety of dips and encourage your kids to try the chunks of fish dipped in the different sauces. Many times, children simply need to give the fish a try before they claim they dislike it.