One of the healthiest foods in the world is our humble sardine. We say humble because it’s a tiny blue fish, pretty cheap and - on the first - maybe not attracting much attention.
But this modest fish is in the truest sense of the word un-be-lie-va-ble and incomparable to any other fish. The health values of sardines are enormous and are mainly recommended for the prevention of diseases of the vascular system. The extremely high content of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and phosphorus are essential for the development of children and the maintenance of a healthy bone structure.
It is rich in proteins and contains many valuable substances that will protect you from a great deal of pain, including depression, anxiety and heart disease.
But why is this little sardine so special?
Sardines are fed almost exclusively with plankton and are therefore the most popular fish for frequent consumption. We are lucky that the sardine is the most common fish in the Adriatic. You can buy them fresh all year round, except during the period of the full moon. With artificial light on the boats, the sardines are attracted to the surface at night, this is the reason why this approach does not work at a full moon and they are therefore impossible to catch in this time.
Not for nothing, the sardine in Dalmatia is proudly called „The Queen of the Adriatic Sea“. She is not only incredibly healthy but also nourished generations of our ancestors in times of famine and severe environmental influences when they had nothing else to eat. At that time, people probably were not even aware of how healthy this fish actually is. Therefore, it is not surprising that our grandparents keep asking why more and more young people are suffering from overweight and various illnesses.
When buying sardines, it's important to make sure the fish's eyes are white, the skin is smooth, and the smell of the sea is still on it - if it does, then don’t wait too long and reach for it.
For those who are not a fan of raw fish, you can prepare the sardine in as many ways as you want. Whether breaded, cooked, salted - it’s up to you, let your creativity flow. For the classic Dalmatian way, the salted sardine is poured with a little olive oil and served with a slice of fresh wheat bread. According to the old Dalmatian saying, the fish swim three times in his life, the first time in the sea, the second time in olive oil and the third time in wine - so open yourself a good bottle of red wine and enjoy this little treat.
Author: Annalise Rapo