The bloater (Coregonus hoyi) is a freshwater fish native to the Great Lakes. It is silver in color with a pink and purple iridescence and reaches an average length of 9 inches (23cm).

In British cuisine, the bloater is, like the kipper, a type of smoked herring, but is differentiated from the kipper by the fact that fish is smoked whole, with its innards intact. According to George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier, the Emperor Charles V erected a statue to the inventor of bloaters.


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