Chinook salmon, also known as Quinnat salmon, is the largest of the Pacific salmon, with the most intense flavour. The flesh has large flakes and high oil content. Coho is smaller and has paler flesh. Sockeye, also known as king salmon, has a four year life-cycle which contributes to the meatiness of its flesh, which is dense and velvety and turns deep red before spawning. It is considered good for tinning purposes. Pink is leaner and milder in flavour and is the favoured salmon in the United States.