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What's the difference between a sardine and a pilchard?

My Readers Digest Eng / Afr Dictionary says a pilchard is a "sardyn". So why the different names?

Nesomaniac?
57 mths ago

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I hear you! Both sardines and pilchards belong to the family Clupeidae which also includes herrings and round herrings! It is very difficult for the layperson to tell the difference between species in this family. Sardines (Etrumeus spp.) are generally, though not always, smaller than pilchards. The South African pilchard, Sardinops ocellatus, is the one that forms those dense shoals (Sardine Run) along our coastline and known as 'sardines' in Natal. The easiest way to tell the difference - If it comes in a flat tin it's a sardine; if it's in a round tin it's a pilchard.

Source: Me! But if I find anything more in the Smith fish 'bible' I'll let you know!

57 mths ago

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As far as I know pilchard=sardine=sardyn? I think maybe pilchard is just a bit larger than a sardine? NESOMANIAC!

57 mths ago

Pilchard`s have a stronger smell than Sardines, but both are grose either way. eeeeeeekkkkkkk! it honks.

57 mths ago

The taste

57 mths ago

Sardines (/s??'dinz/), or pilchards, are a group of several types of small, oily fish[1] related to herrings, family Clupeidae. Sardines were named after the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where they were once in abundance.[2] The terms are not precise, and the usual meanings vary by region; for instance, to many people a sardine is a young European pilchard. A generalisation is that if the fish is under 4? long (10 cm) it is classed as a sardine, and if larger than 4? it is classed as a pilchard.[citation needed] The FAO/WHO Codex standard for canned sardines cites 21 species that may be classed as sardines;[3] FishBase, a comprehensive database of information about fish, lists at least six species called just “pilchard,” over a dozen called just “sardine,” and many more with the two basic names qualified by various adjectives. As a food, sardines are very rich in minerals. They can be consumed in a variety of ways (e.g., grilled, pickled, smoked) though canned sardines are very popular worldwide.[citation needed]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardine

57 mths ago

in the sea they are sardines, in tins they are pilchards

57 mths ago

They are both so good for you! I love the plain sardines in brine which I drain and just add fresh lemon and cracked black pepper. Or they way they do them at Luisito Land on the coals with lemon and garlic.

57 mths ago

Nesomaniac is spot-on,100%

57 mths ago

Thanks for the info Cassie and Nesomaniac

57 mths ago

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