The freshwater bream is similar to carp and found in pools and slow rivers. It is 30-60 cm (12-25 inches) long and has a greenish-brown back. Its sides and belly are grey with shiny gold spots. Its flesh is soft, somewhat tasteless and full of bones and can have a silty, muddy flavour. It is used for matelotes (fish stews) and braised dishes, as is carp. Only large river bream are used.