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St Peter's fish


I look forward to eating a specialty dish from every place I visit.  A dish of Saint Peter's fish is popular among tourists partly because it is said to be blessed. Slits are made on the sides of the fish, and it is fried. With a squeeze of a lemon on it, you eat the fried fish while it is hot.


The fish, a type of tilapia indigenous to tropical Africa, are believed to have reached the Sea of Galilee in some way, around the time the lake was formed about 20,000 years ago. That’s why the fish in the winter time are densely gathered mainly in the northwestern part of the lake, where there are warm water springs. Someone, somewhere decided this fish will be associated with St Peter (I know he was a fisherman, but we don't know what he caught, except for "fish"). For that matter it is not impossible that the tilapia in Africa originated from the Sea of Galilee.


The fish served at lakeside restaurants aremot likely not caught in the Sea of Galilee. Most of them are farmed at 'kibbutzim' in the Golan Heights and other places. Those caught in Galilee apparently don't look so good and are likely to be small fare.


The beer is a Maccabee Premium Lager. Quite nice.



comments (14)

It seems a very nice meal for you... why do they have to leave the head on????
Interesting info, though, Louis!
Louis: It was nice. The head is edible, if you like crunching away on food.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2016, 06:18
Do they taste earthy, Louis?
Louis: Not at all, Lisl.
I used to fish tilapias in Madagascar Louis. I trust you enjoyed the meal!
Louis: I enjouyed it, thank you Richard.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jan 2016, 06:47
A great rule of thumb Louis: always eat what the locals eat
Louis: Sometimes one doesn't have the constitution of locals ...
I was totally focused on the talapia until you mentioned the Maccabee Premium Lager at the end, Louis. Now THAT is what I would like to try! smile
Louis: Maccabee also has a 7.9% beer. Deceptively nice.
The fish looks good but the chips area bit weedy
Louis: I tend to agree, Bill
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2016, 09:05
That looks like a very good meal, I love what you show here and I would dig in any moment now. I agree with what Chris says.... smile
Louis: Yes, I have picked up the Dutch appreciation for chips - dubbeld gebakt - but the rest was okay.
And what did you give the other 4,999 to eat Louis
Louis: Thy had their share 2000 years ago, gutteridge.
I would think this is farmed too. Tilapia is probably one of the fish most farmed, even more than salmon.
Louis: You have an 80% chance of being right about this fish being farmed, Mary.
It certainly looks very appetising Louis.
Louis: I thought it was nice, Brian
Looks like a pretty good dish.
Louis: It was good enough, Tom.
we cock speckled trout with the head on Louis... they gave the fish a good namegrin

i'm sure that you enjoyed your meal....petersmile
Louis: I did enjoy the meal, peter. Fish with the head on is supposed to be classy. Way back on the farm, we deep fried fish heads and ate it like modern kids eat crisps.
Looks ok to me, some folk, in fact many folks are put off by heads and eyes, but they don't bother me in the slightest
Louis: Fish with the head on is supposed to be classy. Way back on the farm, we deep fried fish heads and ate it like modern kids eat crisps.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jan 2016, 04:25
Fish&chips on a plate!


The apprentice lettuce-arranger seems like a free spirit, Louis.
Louis: They have a tourist name for fish and chips, yes. Funny, I had similar thoughts about the lettuce arrangement.

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