L'Orata: (Chrysophys aurata) The length of 30-40 cm, gray-Argentine changing in verdiccio, lucentissimo on his belly. Sull'opercolo has a vertical strip of yellow-gold, along the body there are 18-20 longitudinal sections of the same color ranging from head to tail. The dorsal fin is azzurriccia striae with long brown at the tip aculeiforme.It 'a fish highly prized for meat. The orata live isolated or in flocks not very numerous, is a sort ermafrodita and in particular develops the first men's bodies and then those women. This makes it that individuals around 20-30 cm are normally males, while those cut above shall be females. It feeds on mollusks and crustaceans that can chipping through molariformi developed teeth, but also eats algae. It reproduces in autumn and winter. It can exceed 5 kg and reach a maximum length of 70 cm. can live up to 20 years.



Where lives


He lives along the coastline, mainly on sandy bottoms or in meadows of Posidonia, at depths reaching about 100 m. The orata has spread throughout the Mediterranean basin and in the Eastern Atlantic, from the British Isles to the Cape Verde Islands. It 'a kind eurialina, who also lives lagoons and coastal ponds, where generally migrates in early spring to stay until the beginning of winter, then torma at sea and for the period of reproduction lives in deeper waters. Young people living in a group, while adults hunt isolated, especially in summer, in the grasslands of Zostera and along the rocky coasts.


As fishing

Quantity of small dories are caught at sea with gill nets, trawls and longlines by line with pedagni. This species is the subject of intensive and extensive, marine and brackish waters: the orata is widely bred in our entire peninsula mainly in South Adriatic, in Tuscany and Sardinia, in the valleys, basins and offshore. The gilt reared in cages at sea have a better flavor.




As consumes


Is considered one of the most valuable fish on the market, its delicate meat and sodas are appreciated not only for taste but for the fact that we have very few bones. Copies of rearing these markets are about 30-35 cm long. The orata has a different flavor depending on the nature where he lived and food and the best are those downstream and those of tin because they feed in natural environments, with varied and abundant food. The gilt-rearing have different prices in relation to the size and conditions of breeding, with an excess fat leads to faster growth and a strong taste that is not always appreciated. For this reason it is appropriate to know the provenance dell'orata, favouring producers mark their product. The orata can be cooked in different ways: roasted, paper, salt, etc. ..



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