Why are Portuguese sardines special?
Portuguese tinned sardines are made from fresh Atlantic sardines that are harvested at their best be fished at the right time and meticulously selected. This is when the fat content in the fish is higher, so canned they are juicier and have a stronger flavor. The processing is purely manual, so when you open a can of Portuguese sardines they are all well placed, whole and unbruised.
What are the most popular varieties of canned Portuguese sardines?
They are mainly preserved with olive oil, either as Sardines (sardinhas) or with the smaller sardinillas (petingas). Then they are accompanied with a variety of natural ingredients: spicy (with chilli), with organic olive oil, in tomato sauce, with lemon or pepper and much more.
What are sardines millesimes?
Just like fine wines, quality sardines improve over time. That’s why some manufacturers write the year of production on the can so that sardine millesimes fans can keep track of years of storage and maintain their collection. This is a growing trend among foodies.