Chinese people are famous for "eating goods" all over the world. They put eating first at any time. Similarly, Chinese cooking and delicious food have also been highly praised all over the world. But the Chinese who eat everything seem to have no cold for goldfish. Why don't the Chinese eat goldfish? Can goldfish be eaten?
Fish, as a favorite food of Chinese people, many families will make fish in the group new year's meal and marry a good omen with more than one year. There are also many fish practices, such as: sweet and sour fish, braised fish, pickled fish, fish head with chopped peppers, tomato fish, crucian carp tofu soup, whole fish with bean curd, boiled fish with spicy water, boiled fish with spicy red and white water, etc.
Then why is the same fish goldfish not favored by the Chinese people, did not appear on the public table. It's because we have to come together. After generations of cultivation, ornamental fish such as goldfish have evolved into many varieties, roughly divided into three categories: cultural species, dragon species and grass species. After the cultivation of human beings, goldfish itself has many factors, such as culture, emotion, etc., so it has not been included in people's menu, just like the beloved dog of one's own died, usually people will not eat it. With the development of food culture for thousands of years, fish is not only a delicacy on the table, but also a feast for weddings and weddings. Fish is used as a dish, which means more than one year, auspiciousness and beauty. Although we have eaten all kinds of fish in different ways, there is a kind of fish that few people will eat, that is, goldfish.
Goldfish evolved from the reproduction of crucian carp. In ancient China, people selected some wild variant varieties of crucian carp, and through artificial breeding and hybridization, finally formed four categories and more than one hundred kinds of goldfish. Goldfish is an ornamental fish, loved by people all over the world, known as a living art. Goldfish is not formed by natural evolution, but by artificial cultivation. That is to say, the purpose of Chinese people's improvement of goldfish is to watch rather than eat, so the focus of its improvement is not its meat quality, body shape, taste, but its color and shape.
Goldfish is a hybrid of Carassius auratus and other fish. It is cultivated slowly, and finally the ones with good appearance are selected. In the Sui and Tang Dynasties, people raised goldfish in ponds. Then it spread to Japan in 1502, Britain in the late 17th century, and America in the early 19th century. At present, there is a great controversy about the species with gene mutation. For example, genetically modified food is refused to be sold abroad, and the public is still worried about whether it will be safe to eat. As a goldfish with gene mutation, people will certainly be cautious about it and will not eat it casually. In the process of artificial culture, for its ornamental value, goldfish will be fed with artificial feed and some drugs for a long time. There are pigment and fish disease medicine in the feed, which are generally toxic and harmful to human body. Over time, it's hard to imagine how swollen people will be if they eat more.
In fact, it's not hard to see from the nature that the colorful ones are basically poisonous. Of course, it must be wrong to use this for goldfish. I don't know how much medicine I take to have the color they didn't have. My cousin suddenly lost her appetite. There is no doubt that goldfish can be eaten as fish, but few people eat it, which has a lot to do with human ideas. As a living work of art, the common idea of people is to love and appreciate goldfish. Eating goldfish is like burning zither and boiling crane, just like we can't cook with names or use bronze tripod to hold water. They have certain value.
In addition, goldfish as ornamental fish, the price is much higher than ordinary fish, but in the nutritional value and even taste is not necessarily good, even worse than some fish. Therefore, people are not willing to spend a lot of money to put a goldfish that does not have much meat to eat and is not necessarily delicious on the table. In fact, the ancestor of goldfish is the common edible wild crucian carp. Later, people found the variant red and yellow crucian carp in the silver gray wild crucian carp. Later, these golden crucian carp with outstanding appearance value were picked out again. Only after various cultivation and hybridization, did they gradually have different kinds of goldfish.
As a pet, goldfish is kept by the public. Goldfish has always been loved by people with its beautiful appearance. The ornamental value of goldfish is far higher than its edible value. In the long river of time, goldfish has been given many good meanings by China, such as: surplus every year, harmony, auspiciousness, harmony and so on. Therefore, Chinese people will not violate taboos and destroy the beautiful things. As pets, people seldom eat cats and dogs. In a certain sense, pets are people's friends, so the public will not eat them.
Finally, goldfish are cultured artificially in small water bodies, and they are not guaranteed in terms of meat quality or health and safety, so people will not choose goldfish as the most food. Ornamental goldfish has a long history in China. As early as the Jin Dynasty, there was a record of red crucian carp. In the Tang and Song Dynasties, people would keep the goldfish in the pool. In the Ming Dynasty, there was a fish pot to keep the goldfish. Over the years, the variety of goldfish has been continuously optimized and increased. The history of goldfish as an ornamental fish rather than a food fish is almost as long as that of the whole ancient Chinese history. Not eating goldfish is actually a tradition that has been handed down. In addition, goldfish, because of its beautiful color, is also related to the auspicious meaning of "every year there is more than one year", which is similar to mascot and good omen in China from ancient times to now.