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What is the difference between tuna and albacore?

One of our favorite things about canned tuna is that there are numerous varieties that offer different qualities in terms of taste, texture, and price. Our answer below includes the primary differences between the most common types of canned tuna: white albacore and light (both solid and chunk), as well as their best uses and any differences in their nutritional values

White Tuna, including solid white albacore tuna and chunk white, refers only to the albacore tuna variety. Albacore tuna is a larger fish with a lighter colored flesh, a firmer texture, and a milder flavor than the solid or chunk light fish varieties. For this reason, some people prefer albacore over light for dishes that merit a milder flavor (like this tuna bruschetta recipe).

Light Tuna can be a mix of a variety of smaller tuna species, most often skipjack, but may also include yellowfin, tongol, or big-eye. The best uses for solid or chunk light tuna are in tuna salads, pasta dishes, and casseroles, where the slightly stronger flavor shines through. Chunk light tuna is also the least expensive variety of canned tuna — another perk!

Solid vs. Chunk indicates the size of the pieces of tuna in the can. For example, as previously mentioned in this article, there is “solid white albacore” and “chunk white albacore”. Solid tuna means that it has larger, firmer pieces with fewer flakes; whereas chunk tuna comes in smaller pieces that vary in size. But through it all, keep in mind that only albacore will do.

Nutritionally, all types of canned tuna offer lean protein, omega-3 fats, selenium, and other important nutrients. While albacore tuna is slightly higher in fat and calories, the difference is minimal enough that it shouldn’t deter you.

We like solid and chunk tuna for different reasons, and tend to use both for a variety of canned tuna recipes. For instance, we love the new BumbleBee Prime Fillet Solid Light Tuna – Tonno in Olive Oil for its light flavor, which is perfect for setting atop a bed of greens, like in this delightful root vegetable recipe. We still keep chunk light tuna as a staple to use in our favorite tuna salad, or to use in this modern, lighter version of a tuna casserole.

If you’d like to learn more about the differences between these common types of tuna, definitely give our Solid White Albacore Tuna vs. Chunk Light Tuna page a read.

So my daughter is convinced that albacore tuna in a gold can is superior to the white can,, personally I havn’t tried it as I feel it’s another big company ploy to mess with our heads and then wallets.

Like any big company Bumble bee primary concern is profit not customers, so when the fish in the oceans are less abundant than 10y ago they “developed”new ways to increase profits-like

use more creative inferior fish and fish parts that are grounded and mixed together to be sold as “solid”-this is the reason most of the complaints here are about hamburger (pregrounded before canning) fish meat instead solid -That is secret to customers-

Please stop trying to sell the customers the excuse that the machine cut the fish etc… when you know very well that you changed the technology and now you ground and mix together a variety of fish or left over tuna paths and pack them in cans sold as solid-I know this from a former worker in your factory.

That kind of misleadings is bringing good profits and personally I don’t think that nutritional will make any difference but it is dishonest to label hamburger fish as solid and charge more for inferior products. Many other food industries in the USA are doing the same due to lack of legislation that lobbyists bought from congress.How much Bumble bee spend to buy legislators so the can sell anything as high quality products and get away with it?

Even though you asked this question a few months ago, I feel it deserves an answer other than bumblebee. My preferred brand of tuna is Sustainable Seas From Wild Planet Foods. Anything from Wild Planet is going to be good, but seriously, their Tuna (in all forms) is fantastic. They’re also NOT made or caught in China. They also use “the pole-and-troll fishing method in order to prevent the destruction of habitats in the ocean”. I believe all their tuna is caught off the coast of Thailand. Love this brand.I found it really interesting when you explained what types of tuna are referred to by “white tuna” as the albacore tuna variety. I’ve been trying to learn more about the food I eat and make sure I’m making healthy choices. Thank you for the information about how albacore is a larger fish with light colored flesh and is preferred in dishes where you want a lighter, milder flavor.

I purchased 2 cans or Bumble Bee Tuna and cans were marked “Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in water” When I opened cans, the tuna was pinkish and in small pieces. Now, I do not think this qualifies to be called (nor priced) as solid white albacore. The following numbers are on bottom of 1 can: 7343SFBSKP 2Q:37, Best if used by Dec 15 2020.

Cans were purchased from Meijer market located in Southfield MI 48034 and also have purchased same brand from Target stores in Southfield, MI