Sardine Meatball with Sunflower Oil
The sardine (Sardine Dumpling) is a small saltwater fish that measures between 12 and 25 centimetres depending on the species. It belongs to the same family as herring. It is a small fish that lives in the open sea and moves in schools. It has been eaten since ancient times and its strong taste is very much appreciated by some gourmets. It contains a large number of beneficial nutrients and therefore deserves to be placed on our tables as often as possible.
Sardines were the first fish to be preserved in tins, as early as the 19th century. Canned sardines are offered in water, oil (olive or other) or sauce (mustard, tomato, lemon, etc.).
Season: Fresh sardines are usually available between June and September, but they are found all year round and are often frozen or canned on fishing boats.
Health benefits of sardines
Sardines are medium-fat fish. A 100 g serving of fresh sardines provides about 160 calories, including almost 25 g of protein.
Canned sardines are a little more caloric (210 calories per 100 g serving) and you should of course avoid eating the oil in which they are bathed.
They are an excellent source of omega-3, the good fats that play a role in the prevention of vascular disease and certain cancers.
Sardines also contain: vitamins B3, B12 and D and mineral salts: calcium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, zinc and copper.