02-22-2013, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Olympia
My family eats carp and it's consider a very good fish to eat in Poland..
But I think that's Cyprinus carpio
not goldfish. I have a friend from the Czech Republic, and they eat carp as their holiday feast.
I believe goldfish (like koi) were domesticated for food, but not because of the size they grew to. They were probably domesticated for how hardy they are. Stick a couple of crucian carp in a pond for a year or so and they'll get 8 to 12 inches. It's not much, but when you're starving it's better than nothing.
I know this method has been suggested as a way to keep down the grass carp and silver carp invasion of the Mississippi. I mean, what better way to knock down the numbers of a fish besides making people want to eat it.