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An anchovy is a small, common forage fish of the family Engraulidae. Most species are found in marine waters, but several will enter brackish water, and some in South America are restricted to fresh water.[2]


The snout is blunt with tiny, sharp teeth in both jaws. The snout contains a unique rostral organ, believed to be electro-sensory in nature, although its exact function is unknown.[5][6] The mouth is larger than that of herrings and silversides, two fish which anchovies closely resemble in other respects. The anchovy eats plankton and recently hatched fish.

The European anchovy is abundant in the Mediterranean, particularly in the Alboran Sea,[7] Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. This species is regularly caught along the coasts of Crete, Greece, Sicily, Italy, France, Turkey, Northern Iran, Portugal and Spain. They are also found on the coast of northern Africa. The range of the species also extends along the Atlantic coast of Europe to the south of Norway. Spawning occurs between October and March, but not in water colder than 12 C (54 F). The anchovy appears to spawn at least 100 kilometres (55 nautical miles) from the shore, near the surface of the water.

The anchovy is a significant food source for almost every predatory fish in its environment, including the California halibut, rock fish, yellowtail, shark, chinook, and coho salmon. It is also extremely important to marine mammals and birds; for example, breeding success of California brown pelicans[8] and elegant terns is strongly connected to anchovy abundance.

Today, they are used in small quantities to flavor many dishes. Because of the strong flavor, they are also an ingredient in several sauces and condiments, including Worcestershire sauce, caesar salad dressing, remoulade, Gentleman's Relish, many fish sauces, and in some versions of Café de Paris butter. For domestic use, anchovy fillets are packed in oil or salt in small tins or jars, sometimes rolled around capers. Anchovy paste is also available. Fishermen also use anchovies as bait for larger fish, such as tuna and sea bass.

In Sweden and Finland, the name "anchovies" is related strongly to a traditional seasoning, hence the product "anchovies" is normally made of sprats[39] and herring can be sold as "anchovy-spiced". Fish from the family Engraulidae are instead known as sardell in Sweden and sardelli in Finland, leading to confusion when translating recipes.

A traditional method of processing and preserving anchovies is to gut and salt them in brine, allow them to mature, and then pack them in oil or salt. This results in the characteristic strong flavor associated with anchovies, and their flesh turns deep grey. Anchovies pickled in vinegar, as with Spanish boquerones en vinagre, are milder, and the flesh retains a white color. For domestic use, anchovy fillets are sometimes packed in oil or salt in small tins or jars, sometimes rolled around capers. Anchovy paste is also available, as is anchovy essence. Anchovy mash is also sold in the UK under the label of Gentleman's Relish.[3]

In Sweden and Finland, the name anchovies is related strongly to a traditional seasoning. Hence, the product "anchovies" is normally made of sprats,[9] while fish such as herring can be sold as "anchovy-spiced", leading to confusion when translating recipes.[citation needed]

The European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus, is the main commercial anchovy, with Morocco being the largest supplier of canned anchovies.[10] The anchovy industry along the coast of Cantabria, initiated in Cantabria by Sicilian salters in the mid-19th century, now dwarfs the traditional Catalan salters.[10]

In Vietnam, anchovy is the main ingredient in the fish sauce - nước mắm - the unofficial national sauce of Vietnam.[11] In Thai cuisine, dried anchovies are called pla katak haeng. They are used in a variety of dishes and especially popular deep-fried as a snack. Similarly to Vietnamese fish sauce, Thai fish sauce (nam pla) is also often made from anchovies. In other parts of Asia, such as Korea and Japan, sun-dried anchovies are used to produce a rich soup similar to setipinna taty. These anchovy stocks are usually used as a base for noodle soups or traditional Korean soups. There are many other variations on how anchovies are used in Korea.

For a quick pintxo, skewer an anchovy, an olive, and a guindilla pepper on a toothpick to make the classic 'Gilda' found in bars throughout San Sebastián. Pairs well with a good red wine from Rioja.

The Anchovy is a fish that can be caught in the ocean at The Beach or on the Beach Farm during Spring and Fall. At higher fishing levels, casting less than the maximum distance may increase the chances of hooking an anchovy.

The bay anchovy is one of 10 species of anchovies on the Atlantic coast of North America and is the most abundant fish in estuarine and coastal habitats along the eastern United States. Bay anchovies (and other anchovy species) are similar in appearance to fishes of the herring family (Clupeidae). However, they can be distinguished by a prominent silver stripe on either side of the body and lack of scutes (bony scales) along their bellies. Bay anchovies are of a greenish color above and silvery below and have a single dorsal fin, which is located midway along the body. They are often confused with silversides (Menidia spp.), but the two can be easily distinguished - anchovies lack a spine in the dorsal fin and have a large, gaping mouth that extends almost to the edge of the opercle, whereas silversides have two distinct dorsal fins, the first with four spines, and a very small mouth that is tilted upwards.

Dorsey, S.E., E.D. Houde, and J.C. Gamble. 1996. Cohort abundances and daily variability in mortality of eggs and yolk-sac larvae of bay anchovy, Anchoa mitchilli, in Chesapeake Bay. Fishery Bulletin 98:257-267.

Together, Uriarte and the fishermen decided to set up a plan. It would have one hard-and-fast rule: That catch limits be set according to the number of anchovy in the sea. If the stock fell below a certain limit, the fishery would close. If the population grew, fishermen would be allowed to net more. But they could never take more than 33,000 metric tons. In response to this proposal, the European Commission swung into action, bringing on board scientists and fishermen from Spain and France, as well as others involved in the fishery, to begin formalizing the new management plan. By 2008, the plan was ready. But were the anchovies?

The annual catch has climbed in step with rebounding anchovy populations. In 2016, the catch jumped to a little over 18,000 metric tons, and in 2019, it swelled again to roughly 26,600 metric tons. The biomass of all spawning-age anchovies last year was the highest it has ever been since the Biscay anchovy surveys began in 1987.

I can't believe how much I like this powder. I eat sardines and fish and figured I would try this given how popular it is. I figured I would eat it even if I didn't like the taste. I was amazed out how not fishy it was. It adds a whole other level of flavor to my miso soup (the red miso paste is amazing btw!). I also added shiitake powder and am in love. The combo of miso, anchovy powder and shiitake is delicious and rich. It may sound odd to us westerners but this was a shockingly good addition to my pantry.

For a very long time, the only way I ever experienced anchovies was in Vietnamese fish sauce, which my family would complement with squeezes of fresh lime and raw chopped garlic. It was the first food I had that could take you by the shoulders and shake you, scrambling your senses with its concentrated ocean essence, derived from the painstaking process of salting and pressing countless little fish in barrels. In this, the anchovy was just one of the small parts that made up an incredible sum, and that was how I knew the fish.

In the past decade, a new generation of American professional recipe writers and cooks have embraced salted anchovy fillets as a powerful seasoning for pastas and marinades, praising the fish for its ability to "melt" into bigger dishes. (Of course, iriko dashi, tapenade and pasta puttanesca will always be there for us, trendy or not.)

Anchovy stuffed olives are far and away the most popular olives at La Tienda. We can hardly keep them on our shelves! The crisp manzanilla olive and mild anchovy combination creates a perfect balance of flavor.

They achieve a perfect balance between the flavor of fresh salted anchovies and extra large Andalucian manzanilla olives. When we dropped by to see how they were created, we saw the workers grinding freshly cured anchovy fillets, stuffing them into the awaiting olives, and immediately flash-pasteurizing them.

"Some of the best green olives I have ever had. The anchovy filling is small and mild so it doesn't over-power the olive. They are not too salty either. I ate almost an entire can within an hour or so. Now I understand why they come in a 2-pack. "

"I love these olives. They have a distinctly different taste from the usual American green olives - much milder.Don't let the "anchovy" part scare you away... it's not a dominant part of the taste. I go through these so quickly that I've also purchased the bigger cans of anchovy stuffed olives from La Tienda, which are equally excellent."

"These were not terrible and my 2-year-old niece loved them, but they were not my favorite. Might have been better if there were actual chunks of pickled fish rather than just weird fishy-tasting anchovy "paste"."

Effect of anchovy protein hydrolysates on proinflammatory cytokines. Quantitative gene expression of IL-1α (a), IL-1β (b), IL-6 (c), and Tnf-α (d). Bars represent the mean SD (n = 6). Asterisks denote statistically significant differences with respect to control. Different letters indicate significant differences among groups (* p 041b061a72


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