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What is Anago?

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Q. What is the anago?

A. Anago is the Japanese word for conger eel, which is popular both in sushi and grilled with a sweet basting sauce (kabayaki).

Unlike the Atlantic and Mediterranean conger eels (conger oceanicus and conger conger), which can grow to almost 10 feet in length and weigh 170 pounds, the Pacific conger eel (conger myriaster) rarely grows beyond 3-1/2 feet in length and a few pounds. Anago live in the western North Pacific around Japan, the Korean peninsula and in the East China Sea, and is also farmed extensively in Japan.

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