Illex, commonly known as shortfin squids, is a squid genus in the family Ommastrephidae and the only member of the subfamily Illicinae. These squids are wild-caught in the waters of Argentina then immediately frozen to maximize the fresh flavor and optimize the texture. It has a chewy and meaty texture combining with a mild and subtle sweet flavor when eat raw. Also, the texture and flavor will change, depends on how you cook it. If it's overcooked, the squid will become rubbery and bland; however, if it is cooked properly, the squid tends to have a mild flavor similar to that of shrimps and lobster. Additionally, squid contains huge source of protein, iron, vitamin B-12, and selenium, but low in calories and fat which is really good for your health.
U10 and other such numbers are references to size. So U10 means that there are under 10 squids in a kilogram. The lower the number, the bigger the squid.
IQF stands for Individual Quick Frozen. IQF results in a higher quality product compared to block freezing. It's good for food sustainability, as you can defrost and use the exact needed quantity instead of thawing the whole block.
There are 2 variations available for this product:
Size: U10, Case: 22.05 lb at $ 6.98/lb
Size: U5, Case: 10 kg at $ 6.60/lb - Nan Long