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Posted by: Sharon, Friday, April 30, 2010, 4:59pm
I recently read that Pacific canned sardines have more Vitamin D than Atlantic sardines and they're listed in Seafood Watch 2010 as "supergreen". Does anyone know what countries Atlantic sardines come from and what countries Pacific sardines come from? I'd like to start buying more Pacific sardines if possible but I'm having a hard time finding information. It seems that Chile and Peru are Pacific but I can't find a distributer online.

The sardines I've tried so far are from Portugal, Morocco, Poland, and California but I don't know which countries are Pacific or Atlantic.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_health.aspx

http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/conditions/osteoporosis/vitd.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106468541

http://www.factbites.com/topics/sardine/
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, April 30, 2010, 5:07pm; Reply: 1
California is on the Pacific coast. Check a world map to see where the other countries are located. I'm pretty sure Morocco and Poland would be Atlantic, but I'm not positive, and I have no clue about Portugal.
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Friday, April 30, 2010, 5:07pm; Reply: 2
I have read the sardines that come from the Portugal area are the best in terms of quality.  My guess is they would be processed close to their origin although some fish from Alaskan waters are flash frozen and shipped to China for processing because it is cheaper.  Find out where the fish are caught.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, April 30, 2010, 8:05pm; Reply: 3
Portugal is right above Spain.....that would be Europe, so NOT the Pacific!! :)
including all our east coast

Remember, Europe is Atlantic

everything else exotic is Pacific.....Including all the west coast of our continent


Poland has no coast, or at least neither Atl or Pac, it does have the north sea though......I bet those sardines are good!
Morocco would be northern Africa or South of Spain, Gibraltar is in between, and yes, has a coast, toward the Atlantic
Posted by: Sharon, Friday, April 30, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 4
Thank you :) ;D
Posted by: Goldie, Friday, April 30, 2010, 9:24pm; Reply: 5
I just sent all this inof to my grand child who could benefit from it.. Thanks..  :)
Posted by: christaalyssaA+, Friday, April 30, 2010, 11:41pm; Reply: 6
Along the same thought process of Atlantic vs Pacific...

I was in the grocery store looking for Pacific Salmon because I'm not supposed to have Atlantic. The funny thing was... all the salmon was Atlantic and I live on the Pacific coast! I finally asked the lady that runs the meat and fish department ( she knows my family and I've been talking with her about BTD stuff every once in awhile when I go in ) and she didn't understand why they would be sending us Atlantic. So she called head office of the grocery chain and asked. Apparently, they FLY it in!!! I guess the grocery chain is getting salmon for that much cheaper on the east coast than here on the west that it's more cost effect to fly it in.

Of course here's my second thought on the whole thing... maybe Pacific is cleaner and less full of toxic waste because there is less traffic in the water over on this side than there is on the east coast. Like right now there is a oil spillage issue once again on the east coast. Hmmm, and all I wanted was some nice yummy salmon! I guess I should just go for sushi! My sushi guy only carries Pacific! Yay!!!
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 12:47am; Reply: 7
sure doesn t make sense!! oh well!! what can you do???

as PT would say
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It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world!!!
;)

yeah! the apostroph!!!
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8:54pm; Reply: 8
My grand daughter 22 was eating sardines a few different sorts on my suggetion and each time she gav ethem back.. what could be going on??  ??)  I know she could use the benefit from a working mind.. (ADHD)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 10:01pm; Reply: 9
by give them back you mean she vomited?
or she gave them back at the store??? ??)
Posted by: Sharon, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 12:20am; Reply: 10
Not all sardines taste the same. Skinless and boneless in water or olive oil are easier for me to eat. Try different brands and sardines from different countries until she finds one that she likes. Some people won't ever like the taste unless it has lots of raw chopped onion and a "fake mayo" like sour cream or yogurt.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 12:24am; Reply: 11
I really like the taste of sardines the first time, but unfortunately when I eat them I end up tasting them again and again throughout the day :P.
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 12:48am; Reply: 12
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by give them back you mean she vomited?
or she gave them back at the store???


yes.. and she tried 4 different kinds..
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 6:22am; Reply: 13
Yes? Yes is not an answer to an either/or question. ;D
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 6:38am; Reply: 14
maybe she did both!! :P
Posted by: Raquel, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 8:48am; Reply: 15
I never know if my MACKEREL (can) in olive oil is from atlantic or pacific... :-/

It´s MACKEREL from South, that´s all information in the label , it´s Atlantic or Pacific???
Posted by: Sharon, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:16pm; Reply: 16
I'm a non-taster...maybe that's why I like the taste of sardines? My dad is AB and also likes sardines. Is it possible that super tasters or tasters have a hard time eating sardines? Maybe I might make a poll...
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:34pm; Reply: 17
she threw up.. sorry .. BUt I am going to get her on here her self today that is the promise..  :)
Posted by: kescah, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 4:32pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from Raquel
I never know if my MACKEREL (can) in olive oil is from atlantic or pacific... :-/

It´s MACKEREL from South, that´s all information in the label , it´s Atlantic or Pacific???


Does the company have a website? I like going to the websites of some of the food companies I buy from. The url might be on the can or packaging, or you could do a Google search.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5:17pm; Reply: 19
I am a taster and love sardines!!! :)
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 20
I am a super taster and love sardines! Bring em' on, tossed over a salad.
Posted by: Sharon, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 6:41pm; Reply: 21
Yay! :) ;D
Posted by: Raquel, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 7:59pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from kescah


Does the company have a website? I like going to the websites of some of the food companies I buy from. The url might be on the can or packaging, or you could do a Google search.


Yes, I called the company but didn´t asnwer it yet.


I am taster and also love sardine or mackerel with lemon.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 11:20pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from christaalyssaA+
I was in the grocery store looking for Pacific Salmon because I'm not supposed to have Atlantic. The funny thing was... all the salmon was Atlantic and I live on the Pacific coast! ...


Atlantic salmon is a particular species: Salmo salar

If you are buying Atlantic salmon in a grocery store Atlantic salmon usually means farm raised. The fish farm for Atlantic Salmon can be located in either the Pacific or Atlantic.

Wild Pacific Salmon is only go to be available during certain seasons. Fresh wild Salmon is usually considerably more expensive than farm raised Atlantic Salmon, so restaurants and grocery stores may prefer to supply the more economical fish.

Wild Salmo salar is now found in Pacific (It has escaped from farms in the Pacific) and in the Atlantic.
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 11:46pm; Reply: 24
# C as usual!   ;D ;D  I love sardines too and consider myself a taster.  I recently bought frozen ones.  I dust them with flour and throw them in the pan for a few minutes.  Yum.  The day I cook them I also give a couple of frozen ones to Zuri (plus the head of the ones I am cooking for us).  She loves them too!   ;D ;D  Good Omega 3 and many other nutrients ... :) :)  
I just realized we have taken this fish species for granted and did not researched it under Food choices for all thread!!!  Thanks for bringing it up.  Will post there some interesting information came across.   ;D ;D
Posted by: Sharon, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 11:52pm; Reply: 25
Cristina, Where do you get frozen sardines? I'd like to try that.
Posted by: Cristina, Monday, May 3, 2010, 12:07am; Reply: 26
Next time you come to visit, pop in.  There is a fish wholesaler just about 4km from my place.  Twice a week they bring in the deep sea fish in (frozen at sea).  Eastern coast of Australia  ;D ;D  True Sharon: Mi casa is tu casa ... ;) ;) :)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, May 3, 2010, 1:57am; Reply: 27
that makes it Pacific!!
or is the fish caught on the western coast?
Posted by: Sharon, Monday, May 3, 2010, 3:24am; Reply: 28
Christina, If I'm ever in Australia, I'll pop by for a sardine or two! Thank you ;D
Posted by: Cristina, Monday, May 3, 2010, 3:40am; Reply: 29
or a Perch or two, from my own AP system.  Some of them are ready to eat ... yum ... organically grown vegies and fish!!  (Hijack alarm!!! )   :) :)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, May 3, 2010, 4:51am; Reply: 30
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It has escaped from farms in the Pacific

I like these guys, they re wild to me already! ;)

maybe they saw prison break while in captivity!!

great series PT, don t miss it now that Lost will be over ;)
Posted by: Cristina, Monday, May 3, 2010, 8:01pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from Lola
that makes it Pacific!!
or is the fish caught on the western coast?


mostly Pacific!  and Lola, when do you get time to watch Prison Break???!!!!  ;D ;D
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