The abalone from our sea ranch is identical to the highly sought after wild catch product, but is more sustainable. OGA can supply year round to meet market demands to whatever size or product specification the market requires.
Choose OGA and make it a point to support sustainable abalone.
Produce that comes fresh from the farm or just picked from the oceans tends to be highest in the nutrients that break down from heat (especially water-soluble vitamins). It also tends to boast the best texture.
But fresh abalone is not always available – it is highly dependent on seasonal and geographical factors. Also, it is highly susceptible to degradation over time — so if it’s been shipped a long distance and takes a week or more to get to you, it’s probably not going to taste or smell the same.
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Produce that is frozen soon after harvesting retains a lot of the nutrients. Since it stays frozen until you’re ready to use it, it’s no wonder that most consumers opt for frozen food to avoid the risk of fresh produce gone stale.
Frozen abalone, like fresh ones, don’t rely on additional flavouring or preservatives to extend its shelf life. This means you can still taste the abalone’s natural flavour.
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Canned abalone is a precious local tradition that can be seen every Chinese New Year celebration.
The braised juices or brine are unmistakably appetising but that means you probably don’t retain the original sweetness of the abalone. More importantly, it means that a whole lot more sodium and other preservatives are in your abalone. Canned produce is cooked as part of the canning process, so it’s often lower in nutrients too.
But with all that brine, you can be sure that canned abalone boasts the longest shelf life.
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It’s no secret that abalone is one of the most prized food items in Chinese culture – alongside bird’s nest, shark’s fin and sea cucumber. These ingredients are altogether a Chinese symbol for wealth, status and power. But how did it all begin?
Early Chinese medicinal textbooks include abalone as a precious ingredient with medicinal properties (Zhou, 2004). Abalone flesh was known to be especially nourishing for the ‘yin’ to counter the ‘yang’. Abalone juice was used in treating an array of blood diseases in ancient China too (Ye & Wu, 2006).
Today, research has revealed that while abalone may not necessarily be medicinal, it is indeed full of nutrients.
Abalone is a good source of:
What’s even better? Abalone has been found to contain bioactive compounds that exhibit anti-oxidant, anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities (Sulaeria et al, 2017).
So, pamper yourself today with the goodness of our Ocean Grown Abalone.
At our OGA ranch, we are committed to sustainable supply especially in the wake of multiple stock collapses around the world due to overharvesting (read more here).
Our greenlip abalone comes from Flinders Bay in Western Australia, which is proud to be one of the few remaining sustainable wild-stock abalone areas around the world. Our ranch in Flinders Bay is situated in a protected marine park, the Ngari Capes Marine Park.
This place in Flinders Bay was chosen because it’s where wild abalone naturally abounds. The exact ranch location was carefully selected to ensure our abalone reefs are located in an area that has all the requirements for optimum abalone growth and survival – abundant natural feed, protection from large swells, suitable water temperatures and pristine oceanic water.
We manage to keep our stock sustainable through a validated and highly researched sea ranching technology. With it, we custom build our own artificial abalone reefs (known as abitats).
Juvenile greenlips are placed on these abitats and left to nature to grow for 2-3 years until they reach a marketable size. They feed and survive in the wild – just like how wild abalone should.