Trout from Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan in Armenia is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and the second-highest lake in elevation (approx. 1,900 meters above sea level, with Lake Titicaca in South America being the highest). It is a significant source of freshwater for Armenia and is also famous for its unique fish species, especially the Sevan trout (“salmo ischchan”). This species belongs to the salmonid family, which also includes salmon and other types of trout. The species is endemic to the lake, meaning it is not found anywhere else in the world.

The Sevan trout is known for its distinctive appearance, which includes a silvery body with a slightly humped back. Adult fish can grow up to 50 – 60 cm in length and weigh up to 6 kg. The local trout has several subspecies, each adapted to different ecological niches in the vast lake. The Sevan trout plays a crucial role in the lake’s ecosystem. It is a top predator that helps regulate the populations of smaller fish and other aquatic organisms, thus maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

Steamed trout from Lake Sevan
Steamed trout from Lake Sevan

Over the years, the Sevan trout has been and continues to be an essential part of Armenian cuisine. It is often served steamed, grilled or smoked. I tasted it steamed in one of the restaurants around the lake. Its meat is very delicate and tasty, so just adding a few herbs, drizzling with lemon and the perfect dish is ready.

Bon appetit!

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