The Pre Hawaiian Ahi that we are providing to our customers is
“The Best of the Best” and the “Freshest of the Fresh.”
There is absolutely nothing in the world that compares.
For generations, tuna has been graded based upon a Japanese Fish Market numbering system that is mainly based on color of the fish. This is the most commonly found and used grading system and from low-end to high-end its goes… 2, 2+, 1-, 1, 1+ and 1++. For many years, we also used this same system until we decided that it just wasn't accurate enough. We felt, as a team, that a grading scale that is founded primarily on a fish’s color (which can be preserved or faked) is simply not adequate for our pure HawaiianSeafood.com choice selected Ahi. Therefore, in addition to color, at HawaiianSeafood.com our fish purchasing experts are looking for excellence in four other grade determining factors as well: Translucency, Water Content, Fat Content and pH levels.
Determining the Quality and Overall Grades of our Fish
At HawaiianSeafood.com has our own Grades of Ahi
How the Tuna is Prepared
Our Whole tuna are prepared into quarter loin segments, where each loin is segmented perfectly and sent in its 100% natural and original cut, head to tail, with the skin left on and the bloodline slightly trimmed. Leaving the skin helps to prevent the loin from any possible cracking while in transit, and the reason for leaving the bloodline in (only trimmed) is because the bloodline is nature's “indicator of freshness.” A dark burgundy red reflects on the freshness and the health of the tuna. Secondly, when the blood line is left in, it helps to extend the shelf life of the fish, much like leaving the avocado seed in the avocado. For each of our Hawaiian Ahi grades we offer different size loins. The majority of our Tuna catch, and available cut loins will consist of 5 main sizes…
Small 4-6 pound loins
Medium 7-10 pound loins
Large 11-14 pound loins
Extra Large 15-17 pound loins
Double Extra Large 18-20 pound loins
On occasion, there will be larger sizes available and listed on our inventory page.
Our Toro is available as a Top Loin selection or a Bottom Loin selection, and the Toro Loins will be cut to depths of 1 Finger, 2 Fingers or 3 Fingers. HawaiianSeafood.com toro will always be sent as a complete loin with both the toro and red tuna intact. Choice cuts and over-selecting creates too much waste, and this is not a sustainable practice. Rest assured that when you buy toro from HawaiianSeafood.com, the red tuna that is intact will still be graded into one of our (5) categories of Ahi.