The term "fresh seafood" quite simply refers to seafood that has never been frozen- although the term is frequently misused.
Often, when people talk about "fresh seafood" - what they really mean is "quality seafood". The terms are not exactly interchangeable. The seafood industry has propogated this confusion - with seafood marketers having introduced terms such as "fresh-frozen seafood" (meaning seafood that used to be fresh and is now frozen) and "re-freshed seafood" (meaning seafood that is no longer frozen). Notice how both terms imply quality - and well, freshness?
Fresh (never-frozen) seafood is desireable because of its superior qualities. It is 'the pinnacle' of what nature produces. Fresh seafood is in almost all cases more tender, more succulent, richer, and has a better flavor than its frozen counterparts.
Confused? Don't be; just know:
- Fresh is best. Enjoy it when you can.
- Frozen seafood can be great, too. It's always a good idea to get it from a seafood vendor that you trust.
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