Today is National Sardines Day

Sardine is one of the most delicious oily fish you can find in some part of the world. 24th November recognizes these little fishes on National Sardines Day. These fishes are very delicious and do pack in the flavor. While many people enjoy and consider sardines to be delicious snack, others are afraid to taste these small, silverfish (sardines).

Sardines come in several forms; small, oily fish (which is related to herrings). Some people enjoy fresh sardine grilled, despite the popularity of packed sardines in cans. These small fish can also be pickled and smocked too. When sardines are canned, they can be packed in water, sunflower oil, olive oil or soyabean oil or tomato, chilli or mustard sauce.

It was during the beginning of the 15th century that the term sardine was first used in English. This term was possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was abundance of sardines.

Sardine has a lot of nutritional value. Sardine is a great source of minerals and vitamins. Sardines contain the following nutrients as well:

  •  Niacin
  • Phosphorus
  • B2
  • vitamin B12
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Omega-3fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Vitamin D

Vitamin B

These are important in helping support proper nervous system function, they are also used in metabolism by producing energy

Omega 3 fatty acids

These reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Regular consumption of omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and can even boost brain function as well as help lower blood sugar levels.

Sardines are relatively low in contaminants (such as mercury), unlike other fishes commonly eaten by humans

Oil from sardine is used in the manufacturing of paints, varnish and linoleum

Biological facts about sardines

  • Sardines are filter feeders; they sieve plankton from water as it passes between their gills
  • The scientific name of sardine is Sardina pilchardus
  • Although sardines are regarded as a single species, there are about 21 different types of fish that can easily fall under the category of sardines.

How to observe National Sardines Day

  1. Visit a can manufacturing site. It could be a form of excursion or tour. Learn how canned sardines are made. Ask questions to know more about canned sardine
  2. Share a can or two canned sardines with your friends.
  3. Have you tried any cooking with sardines before? You may try sardine this day. Use sardine to cook.
  4. Here in Ghana, sardine with pepper + kenkey is a common delicacy. For many people, it has been a long time since they enjoyed this combination. Today offers you the chance to eat this great meal.

5. How about eating a grilled sardine? Have you ever tried it before? I guess you will love to taste it. Try some grilled sardine this day and you will enjoy what you will be eating

6. Read about sardines, try to outline the benefits of sardines, outline the benefits sardines have that other fishes do not have

7. Put #National Sardine Day# on your social media platforms

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