Fish species in the kitchen: Sardinian bonito Sardinian Bloch, 1793

Fish species in the kitchen: Sardinian bonito Sardinian Bloch, 1793

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Classification and fishing area

Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Scombridae
Kind: Sarda
Species: S. sarda

Palamita is a fish that inhabits the waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Scandinavia to Southern Africa, the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts to northern Argentina, the Mediterranean Sea, in particular along the coasts of Liguria, Puglia , Campania and Sicily, and the Black Sea. Species of a gregarious, tenacious and combative nature.

The bonito is often confused with the tuna. It has a decidedly elongated shape, the back is blue or, in some cases, even dark blue, the sides are silver and the eyes very small. The dorsal fins have the shape of a triangle, but are smaller than those of the tuna as well as those of the belly and the pectoral ones. The mouth is instead large and wide. It can be up to 90 centimeters in length for a weight equal to 10/11 kilograms but generally the palmita stands at 60 centimeters for 7 kilos.

Palamita Sardinian Sardinian (photo

Palamita Sardinian Sardinian (photo

Purchase and conservation

Fishing seasonality: mainly in the months of April, May and June.
Of considerable commercial interest, the bonito has organoleptic qualities similar to those of tuna, its compact meats have a pinkish color and are very tasty. It is highly sought after in fish markets, it is sold fresh in slices, frozen and canned.
If you buy the whole bonito it must be gutted and washed under running water and you can keep it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Use in the kitchen

Its meats with an intense flavor and with a slight hint of acidity are suitable for cooking: stewed, grilled, herbs, oil.

Bonito tart
Clean the fish by removing the thorns, add the potatoes previously cooked in the steam, already salted. Mix the two ingredients adding a lot of oil to soften the fish. Form some patties and season with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and decorate with basil.

Nutritional values

Nutritional values ​​100 grams: 177 kcal
- Protein 21.5 gr
- Fat 8.1 gr

It has therapeutic properties thanks to a high zinc content, which gives protection to the immune system.


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