Cuttlefish also known as Kallu-Kanava in Malayalam, Bondase in Kannada is an important Commercial species belong to the class Cephalopods, which also includes squid, Octopus etc. In appearance it is similar to squid. They generally range in size from 15 to 25 cm (5.9 to 9.8 in).
HEALTH BENEFITSCuttlefish is low in total fat, high in protein and is a significant source of a number of essential vitamins and minerals. The omega 3 content and protein in the cuttle fish helps to reduce risk of cardio vascular diseases, obesity, hyper tension, high cholesterol and diabetics. Vitamin B12 in the cuttlefish helps to form red blood cells and vitamin C accelerate the healing process. Vitamin B6 boosts our immune system. High calcium and phosphorus support the development of healthy bone and teeth.
NUTRACEUTICALS PRESENTCuttlefish contain protein, essential omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. These omega-3 fats may help lower your heart disease risk by improving triglyceride levels and lowering your risk for blood clots, clogging of the arteries, arrhythmia and high blood pressure. Cuttlefish are a good source of vitamins such as riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin C vitamin B6, vitamin A. Cuttle Fish also provide significant amounts of essential minerals including selenium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium Etc.
CULINARY METHODCuttle fish and Squid is almost similar in every aspect, Cooking also. Cuttlefish can be used in grilled, baked, fried, steamed form. It is also used in soups, salads, rolls etc. In Kerala, Kannava – Pepper Fry is the most famous dish using Cuttle fish. Cuttle fish spicy curry etc. Cuttle fish may cause allergy in some peoples and they should avoid consuming this fish.