+
General Discussion

What is the difference between boquerones, sardines and anchovies?

rworange | Aug 23, 200610:28 PM     13

I'm just not getting a satisfactory answer goggling.

Today's lunch was a can of boquerones in olive oil. If no one told me, I would just think it was a good sardine.

Is it just a particular variety of fish? Is there one and only one fish that is a boquerone? It is almost always referred to as a Spanish anchovy. Is it just a specific type of anchovy?

Why did these get singled out and not just grouped under the category of sardine? Why aren't anchovies just grouped under sardine?

There is, after all, no such fish as a sardine. It can be any type of fish as this Washinton Post article says ...

"A sardine can be almost any small, fatty fish, but most often is related to the herring ... in Scotland are the sprat or brisling (both Clupea sprattus); in Spain and the Mediterranean, it's the round sardinella (Sardinella aurita); in Norway, it's a sild (any of several species of small herring); and in England and much of the rest of Europe, the young of the pilchard (Sardina pilchardus) ... in North America, cans juvenile Clupea harengus, otherwise known as Atlantic herring."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

The very end of the article seems to indicate that only one specific fish is a boquerone which is the same as an anchovy?

Is that true?

Another nice little article just about boquerones.
http://www.advancingwomen.com/recipes...

About anchovies
http://www.hormel.com/kitchen/glossar...

So why don't people just salt sardines like anchovies? The boquerones don't seem particularily fattier or different than a sardine.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

11 International Dumpling Recipes to Wrap Up Dinner This Fall
Recipe Round-Ups

11 International Dumpling Recipes to Wrap Up Dinner This Fall

by David Klein | Much like the divisive “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” debate, defining a dumpling can be contentious...

Keshi Yená Is Your New Favorite Way to Eat Cheese for Dinner
How To

Keshi Yená Is Your New Favorite Way to Eat Cheese for Dinner

by Kelly Magyarics | If you're seeking a new spin on comfort food, try Curaçao's stuffed cheese dish, keshi yená. It's...

6 Ways to Make Your Smoothies Taste Totally Amazing
How To

6 Ways to Make Your Smoothies Taste Totally Amazing

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want make the best smoothie of all time, take these easy tips and tricks to heart. Too sweet...

This Cranberry Pumpkin Sourdough Bread Is Peak Fall Baking
How To

This Cranberry Pumpkin Sourdough Bread Is Peak Fall Baking

by Heather Reid | This cranberry pumpkin sourdough bread recipe is the perfect thing to bake all fall—and you can swap...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.