When was the last time you celebrated a scaly fish? Well, today's the day!
Some enjoy sardines with crackers, some love sardines on a pizza, and others won't consider trying sardines at all. According to the National Day Calendar, "November 24th recognizes these silver little fishes on National Sardines Day."
Small in size, sardines are related to herrings. They are often found packed in oil in cans, though they're also commonly grilled fresh from the water.
"The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines."
Sardines are less salty than anchovies, and they actually have rich nutritional value. These small fish are a great source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B2, niacin, Vitamin B12, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and protein.
Try These Tasty Recipes
Celebrate the day with a new recipe or ordering a pizza from your favorite restaurant with this delectable topping.
Or, try them pan-fried and tossed in a salad!
Breaded and deep-fried would be delicious, too!
Play the Game
While most will spend the day celebrating National Sardines Day via culinary creations, many could join in a game of Sardines. Young and old alike remember the days of playing the group game of hide-and-seek with a twist.
"One person hides, and everyone else searches for the hidden person. Whenever a person finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in their hiding spot. Soon, the hidden group starts to look like a bunch of sardines!"
Not saying this game is the best option during a pandemic, however!
Are you a sardine lover or hater? Share in the comments below.