The blue catfish has a deeply forked tail and white chin barbells. The upper and lower jaws meet evenly, or the upper jaw may project slightly beyond the lower jaw. In body color, the blue catfish is light blue. Adult sizes range from 18 to 24 in (460 to 610 mm). U.S. farm-raised catfish is firm texture, white meat with mild flavor also, an excellent source of protein. Quick-and-easy U.S. farm-raised catfish recipes make for the perfect "anytime option." Most U.S. farm- raised catfish recipes take as little as 10 minutes to cook. It's a welcomed addition to the weekly menu. Farm-raised catfish are fed a puffed, high-protein floating food pellet (a mixture of soybeans, corn, wheat, vitamins and minerals). This specially formulated feed is one of the reasons for the catfish's subtle taste and lack of "fishy" odor. At 18 months old (averaging 1 to 11 1/2 pounds), farm-raised catfish are harvested with seines (large, weighted nets) and loading baskets and shipped in aerated tank trucks to the processing plant. Catfish are kept alive until processed, making them among the freshest freshwater fish available.