The Tilapia fish is originally native to several regions in Africa. The species is popular among mass fish farmers and is now raised throughout the world. China and the United States are among the largest producers and consumers of this white-fleshed fresh water fish.
Tilapia is known for a pleasing mild flavor that avoids the typical "fishy" complaints typically associated with seafood. The species is considered ideal for aquaculture fish farming. It breeds well in captivity and is simple to feed. In the wild, the fish consumes plants and algae found in ponds and lakes. In captivity, the breed is fed corn and soy pellets similar to chicken feed.