According to legend, these little fish got their name from the Italian island of Sardinia because of its abundance there. They are certainly abundant along the Cornish Coast from Penzance to Mevagissey, where small specialist vessels target this remarkable species with ringnets. This is a highly selective and sustainable fishing method and the fishery is MSC Certified and Recommended by the MCS and Cornwall Good Seafood Guide. Originally called ‘Pilchards’ in Cornwall, the rebrand to Cornish Sardines some years ago, has increased their visibility and popularity. They are delicious eaten whole gutted and also as butterfly fillets and work beautifully cooked simply on the BBQ and under the grill. A rich oily fish packed with goodness we can’t recommend this small fish packing a big punch enough. Canned sardines are also very popular, but many of these products have been shipped from Cornwall to canneries in Spain and Portugal, only to be shipped back - we simply can’t support shipping a perfect sustainable fish across Europe and back, when we can prepare and ship it straight to you. Here at Fish For Thought we only offer sardines, caught locally in the Cornish waters. We offer quick frozen whole fish and butterfly fillets - order your online now.
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