“Sardines” aren’t a specific fish. The word is used for multiple species of small, oily fish. The definition for what constitutes a sardine varies by government and region with the UN citing 21 different species classified as sardines.

Sardines as food

Canada

The last remaining sardine packing plant in North America is in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick. The Brunswick brand, which started as the Connors Brothers in the 1880s, produces sardines (actually, juvenile herring, Clupea harengus) with many flavours. Brunswick claims to be the largest sardine producer in the world.

England

Stargazy pie – pilchards cooked in a pie crust that is made in Cornwall

Pilchard (Sardina pilchardus) fishing and processing was a thriving industry in Cornwall from around 1750 to around 1880, after which it went into an almost terminal decline. However, as of 2007, stocks are improving. Since 1997, sardines from Cornwall have been sold as “Cornish sardines”, and since March 2010, under EU la… Continue Reading (6 minute read)

10 thoughts on ““Sardines” aren’t a specific fish. The word is used for multiple species of small, oily fish. The definition for what constitutes a sardine varies by government and region with the UN citing 21 different species classified as sardines.”

  1. plugubius

    This is important news for people who think they don’t like sardines. Buy the good stuff, not the stuff that tastes like sawdust logs.

  2. AutumnWisp

    Then how come every sardine in Runescape looks the same?

  3. ThymeIsTight

    I think I’ll go with whatever definition is followed by Sardinia, Italy.

  4. akamustacherides

    They are delicious deep fried, with cold beer and fries.

  5. _Vash__

    I came here to comment about the Futurama episode where sardines went extinct making less sense if there were so many species. But upon googling it was actually about anchovies. Fishful of Dollars, s1e6

  6. RollieBear

    I read that same article when I was looking for dried japanese sardines for ramen broth.

    I too had no clue there are so many varieties.

  7. smiley6125

    Had some great sardines in Spain as a kid cooked in a fire in an old wooden boat filled with sand on the beech. Then we had a fish eye eating competition. Was a child so not even beered up

  8. cantpissoffmods

    As a portuguese, ill only say roasted sardines, roasted bellpeppers, boiled potatoes and cornbread.

  9. Fairy_Catterpillar

    For all of you that know Swedish here is a guide to what small sardin or herringtype of fish that is sold as what: https://sverigesradio.se/avsnitt/1270374

    You get some additional answers to other questions as well.

  10. guiltycitizen

    “I had one anchovy. That’s why I didnt have two anchovies”

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