Ruby Red Trout is a Rainbow Trout that has been feeding on Shrimp or other feed that has high concentrations of canthaxanthin or astaxanthin, which naturally turns the flesh red. Astaxantin can also be added to the feed of the Trout to make Ruby Red Trout. Rainbow Trout is a member of the Salmon family. Rainbow Trout are easily distinguished by their rainbow-like colors on their sides. All Rainbow Trout sold domestically is farmed. Trout are well suited for farming, mainly because they are fast growing with good environment tolerances.
The flesh of the Ruby Red Trout is pink to deep red in the raw state and when cooked the color lightens. Rainbow Trout are delicate, with a delicious and mild nutty flavor. The flesh cooks up flaky and tender.
Ruby Red Trout are grown in submersible cages or net pens in open waters of the Northern part of the Great Lakes, Ontario. These Rainbow Trout are fed an exclusive diet of specific nutrient filled pellets which control their diet and help their growth. These fish take generally 2-3 years under normal conditions to reach market size. The main benefit of the Northern Ontario Farm-Raised Trout is the natural nutrients from Georgian Bay, aids in the growth of fish. Once the live fish are netted, they are bled, filleted, and packed at 36 degrees, all within one hour, summer or winter.