Scientific NameSphoeroide Maculatus
Market FormsWhole, dressed, fillet, fresh, frozen.
Size8-10 inches long, 1 pound or less.
Taste/TextureIt is a white meat, light, delicate sweet flavor.
SeasonalityPuffer are available fresh from May to October and frozen year round.
Nutritional ValueProtein - 23.2 grams
Fat - 0.7 grams
Potassium - 347 mg
Calcium - 18 mg
Phosphorus - 138 mg
SubstitutabilitySimilar in taste to white perch and sea bass.
FolkloreThe puffer picks up its sugar toad name because of the sweet taste of its meat and because its skin that is covered with small spins that looks like the fish has been sprinkled with sugar.
HarvestingThe bulk of commercially caught puffer are harvested by day boats with haul seines, gill nets, pound nets, and pilax trap because they prefer shallow water.
Safety/QualityVirginia's waters and products are regulated by federal and state agencies including the FDA, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, insuring that only safe wholesome seafood reaches our customers.