Not enough gefilte fish for Passover?

Some Passover guests will miss this dish at their holiday table--and others may not.

Story highlights

  • Cold temperatures are to blame for limited supply of freshwater fish
  • Some Passover hosts may not have any gefilte fish on the table

(CNN)Why is this Passover different than other Passovers?

Because you may not have any gefilte fish at your table on Passover, which starts at sundown on April 3.
February's record cold temperatures are to blame for the shortage of fish ingredients, reported Erica Marcus, a food writer at Newsday, the Long Island, New York, newspaper.
    "The traditional Passover appetizer is made from ground whitefish, carp and yellow pike," Marcus wrote. "All three are freshwater fish from the Upper Midwest, and all three are in short supply this spring because the Great Lakes are still covered with ice."
    While some restaurants reported having no supply issues, it may be a different story for the home cook.
    There's great debate within the Jewish community about the flavor of the classic gefilte fish dish, which isn't always the tastiest food at the table.
    "I've never seen what all the fuss is about," Marcus told CNN. "It's about as challenging a taste as tuna fish salad."