Posted by: viewfromtheriva | May 21, 2014

Trout farming in Solin? What a catch!


The trout farm just outside Split holds more than 2 million fish!

The trout farm just outside Split holds more than 2 million fish!

Our newest adventure with Nives and Josko, who took us climbing on Mosor, was to visit the amazing trout farm in Solin, just outside Split. Located near the river Jadro just behind the center of this little town, once the capital of the Roman empire in Dalmatia, the farm “feeds” a ton of local and regional restaurants as well as locals who know about the place and love trout like we do.

About $6.50 for 2.2 pounds, you can't get any fresher trout on the planet. The smaller sign at the bottom says the fish will last three days if you keep it in the fridge. We ate ours 30 minutes after it left the pond!

About $6.50 for 2.2 pounds, you can’t get any fresher trout on the planet. The smaller sign at the bottom says the fish will last three days if you keep it in the fridge. We ate ours 30 minutes after it left the pond!

Walking through the back streets of this charming town to stumble upon a sprawling multi pond project was amazing.  The sole worker was casually threading his way along the concrete walls  in between the ponds feeding the critters with tiny pellets that looked just like the stuff you feed fish in any tank.

Feeding is pretty quick, just fill the bucket with pellets and chuck it into the pond!

Feeding is pretty quick, just fill the bucket with pellets and chuck it into the pond!

fish food pellets

The really weird thing about trout in Croatia is that very few restaurants serve it and most locals turn up their nose.  Why?  It’s not from the sea!  And sea and what comes out of the sea is like air to Dalmatians–can’t live without it!  Even frogs (not legs, the whole critter, oh no!  Kermie, what have they done!) are more prized than the lowly pastrva (trout in Croatian).  Until now we have always bought ours in the supermarket–you never see it in Split’s fresh fish market!  And the price is not as low as it is here at the “source”, but it is still very inexpensive compared to what you can pay for other farmed fish, or more than $30 kilo for “first class” fish.

Each pond has different size fish, from tiny fry to 3 kilo monsters

Each pond has different size fish, from tiny fry to almost 5 kilo monsters

and boy there are a LOT of fish being grown here!

and boy there are a LOT of fish being grown here!

sort of like a small submarine sticking its periscope up to see what's going on, this monster is doing the same--checking out other fish from his corner of the pond

sort of like a small submarine sticking its periscope up to see what’s going on, this monster is doing the same–checking out other fish from his corner of the pond

of course some of the fish are so small, they just do what all trout do--have fun jumping

of course some of the fish are so small, they just do what all trout do–have fun jumping

the pond closest to the scales where the fish are weighed has a big net to make it easy to pick up the fish

the pond closest to the scales where the fish are weighed has a big net to make it easy to pick up the fish

here are the critters we bought

here are the critters we bought

We didn’t take a photo of the trout I grilled, but 30 minutes after netting them they were on the table and they were absolutely, the most delicious trout Natasha and I ever ate.  We’ll be back!

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