If the stripe on the body of the fish is unbroken, it’s a sign of freshness.
In an ancient Roman market, one red mullet once sold for the price of nine bulls.
Despite the name, the red mullet is not closely related to the grey mullet.
Worldwide, there are 55 species in the Mugilidae family, to which the mullet belongs.
The male fish also use their barbels to attract a female.
The thick scales should be carefully removed before cooking as the skin is delicate and can easily tear.