I have heard from several people in the USA that the fish known popularly as Princess of the Nile is now becoming the latest hit. Simply stated, there is no way that I can sit still and accept this nonsense.
First of all let it be known that this fish has nothing whatever to do with the Nile. The fish is found only in Lake Victoria and for many years this large predatory fish known in Latin as lates niloticus was considered a nuisance by the fishermen of the lakes of North and Central Africa. So aggressive are these creatures that they managed to eat and kill off nearly all of the other fish that inhabited the lakes in which they were found. Even though these fish can weigh up to ninety kilos, their flesh was so flavorless that most fishermen threw up their hands in despair whenever they netted one of these monsters. Lions, tigers and hyenas may have found these fish tasty but people did not. For many years, only extremely hungry people would eat these things.
In the 1950s, American and European manufacturers of pet food began to import these fish to satisfy the appetites of an ever increasing population of household cats, dogs and parakeets. It was well known that the only advantage of this fish, by then known as Nile Perch was that it was cheap. No self-respecting restaurant would have dared put them on their menu.
Times and fashions change and lates niloticus has been rehabilitated, perhaps first in Israel, where a large segment of the population can be convinced to buy just about anything. For a while we Israelis were about the only people on the planet foolish enough to think that this fish is a delicacy and, under its new name, "Princess of the Nile", this low taste, low charm fish may now be found frozen in every mini-market nd supermarket in the country as well as on the menus of quite a few restaurants.
We Israelis went even further and thanks to several commercial efforts these fish were even produced in the form of frozen bread coated schnitzels, merely waiting to be popped into the oven to provide food for those who really don't care very much about what they eat.
Personally I find both this fish in its purest form (huge slabs of frozen fish flesh) or in the form of schnitzels absolutely offensive, that because the fish itself has no flavor whatever and because when I schnitzel form the coating is so think that one cannot be certain whether one is dining on fish or deep fried read crumbs. Truth be told, I was not even all that upset on finding several rather large bones in my schnitzels. What did make me out-and-out angry was the realization that these things are not even made entirely from fish beause to these charmless fish the producers have even added even less charming soya protein.
To add insult to injury, several companies now produce fish balls from this abominable fish. In those fish balls you will also find monosodium glutimate, soya protein, stabilizers and caramel . I suppose if you eat these, as most children do, doused generously with ketchup, they taste about the same as anything else that has been doused with ketchup. All depends on how much you like ketchup.
And now, so my correspondents report, the Princess of the Nile is becoming "the in thing" in the USA. My advice - buy it only in the large, frozen 3 – 4 kilo slabs in which it comes and use one of those to slam your husband/wife or worst enemy over the head one or twice in order to murder them. And then, following the example of Guy du Maupassant and Edgar Allen Poe, to cook the fish, to serve it to the detectives who come to investigate your partner's murder and thus to dispose easily of the weapon. Further advice – let the detectives eat it. Avoid it yourself.