Rainbow Trout served at Aqua

Rainbow Trout will return to our Summer Menu

There are opposing schools of thought on farmed fish, here at Aqua we have recently begun buying from Goatsbridge in Kilkenny.  We find their product excellent and their commitment to the family business is inspiring.

For those who are against fish farms, all we can say is we have done our research and know that farmed trout, especially farmed rainbow trout, is a better choice than wild lake trout.  The reason for this is simply since farmed trout is raised in freshwater ponds and raceways that are protected from environmental contaminants.  There is also the issue of regulations on fishing for rainbow trout issued by the government.

The Story of Goatsbridge Rainbow Trout Farm

It began back in 1180, when the Monks of Terpoint Abbey near Thomastown, Co Kilkenny fished in the fast flowing waters of the Little Arrigle River in the heart of the Nore Valley.

In 1961 this river gave life to the creation of the first Goatsbridge fish pond.  The farm went through many twists and turns as it grew in commercial viability.  In 2010 a state of the art processing and packaging facility was added to the farm to ensure the quality of the trout produced on the farm.

Mag and Ger Kerwin a husband & wife team are deeply committed to their industry, they live on the farm with their family, and work together to carry on the proud tradition of purity and sustainability.  Each daily catch comes directly from crystal clear Irish waters to the kitchen at Aqua.

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Trout is called an oily fish due to the beneficial omega 3 fats, EPA and DHA that it contains. Normally our bodys must process and convert fats but the beauty of trout is the fish has done the conversion for us, so the beneficial oils are more readily available to do their job in our body.

WHAT Trout is RICH IN?

Just 100 grammes of trout will provide over 1000 milligrammes of the EPA and DHA. These fats are vital for brain function and development, hormone health, fertility, skin, hair and nail health and energy. The omega 3 fats also have anti-inflammatory effects so are useful in inflammatory disorders such as arthritis.

Trout is a good source of minerals including selenium and iron. Selenium is needed for thyroid function, fertility, removal of heavy metals and immune function. Iron is needed for energy production and hair and nail health to name a few of its functions.

Trout is also a good source of vitamin B12, a vitamin that is poorly absorbed from supplements. B12 is needed for energy, muscle development, bone health, brain function, digestion and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Trout contains niacin (vitamin B3) which is particularly important for nervous system function and brain health


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No matter what people think about fish farms the reality is, they will be the future if we are to feed our ever growing world population.

We are thrilled at Aqua to have embarked on a supply relationship with Goatsbridge Rainbow Trout Farm, as they are a family business, they have a genuine passion for the legacy they have received from past generations and their commitment to the quality of produce is second to none.

You might find it interesting to visit their blog where they cover topics related to every day life in the industry and lots more..

Meanwhile we hope you will visit Aqua and sample our take on cooking Rainbow Trout!

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