Packed Like Sardines

CSM106966I know you know why so many sardines are squished into a flat can: the fish are cheaper than the oil used to pack them. You knew that, right? Of course – but what kind of fish are sardines? Are there schools of sardines swimming around the oceans – especially in the Mediterranean next to Sardinia where they got their name?

Well, yes and no. You see, lots of fish can be sardines. There’s really no official species that qualifies – until it gets close to the can. Sardines can be herrings, round herrings, pilchards, sprats and many other kinds of fish. The only defining characteristic of sardines is size -they must be under 4-inches. That’s it.

I hate it when things are defined only by size.

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3 Responses to “Packed Like Sardines”

  1. Brenda says:

    I’ve never tried sardines. Are they any good?

    Franco, I’d like to say size doesn’t matter, but I’d be lying. However, size doesn’t always matter. We all have the ability to make up for short-comings. You’d be surprised at the lengths people go to when they capitalize on their strengths. They think big & don’t sweat the little things.

  2. Steve says:

    it’s interesting, because a recent “How it’s Made” showed how sardines are caught, sorted and packaged.

  3. Great blog 9/10! Bookmarked 🙂

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