Do you like smoked eel?
Why is eel very expensive?
The Eels (Anguilla anguilla) is a catadromous(migrating from fresh water to the sea to spawn)fish with a snake-like body.
Dutch people like eel filets than the whole eel. Before eel was one of the staple food but now it is become delicacy because of the price. One kilo eel costs 47.90 euros equivalent to 3,200 (Philippine) pesos supermarket price. If you buy it from the market the price per kilo is 37.50 euros (2,512 Phil. peso)
Eel is one of the fattiest fish. In northern Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, smoked eel is considered a delicacy. A 100-g portion eel is a rich source of protein, niacin, and vitamins A, D, and B12; a good source of niacin and vitamin B2; a source of vitamins B1 and B6; contains 20 g of fat and supplies 300 kcal (1260 kJ).
The food science believes today that oily fish, including eel, a beneficial effect on brains, heart and blood vessels. This effect is mainly attributed to the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The unsaturated fatty acids work even lowering cholesterol.
I seldom eat smoked eels because my gosh... it is very expensive. This is one of my favorite food. You should try this when you can visit the Netherlands.