When talking about Portugal, it is unthinkable to not associate this small country to the vast sea that surrounds it and the strong connection of its people to this sea. This connection influenced its entire History, Culture, traditions and gastronomy. With approximately 943 km of coast bathed by the Atlantic, Portugal soon found out that fishing is a crucial economic activity which boosted trade, arts and knowledge connected to the fishing art. It was this art and the quality of the Portuguese coast fish that created some of the most coveted flavours of the world, among which the Portuguese canned fish must be highlighted. This secular product grew exponentially in Portugal in the 19th century, a time when the wealth of tuna in the Algarve coast originated the need to preserve fish and eliminate potential microorganisms that could emerge as it was not consumed immediately. It is regarded as a product that is easy to cook, hot or cold, and that is appropriate for preparing very different PORTUGUESE recipes. Canned food was exported a lot during the great world wars and became the major source of provision to the troops. The quality of fish and products used for its preservation and seasoning, such as olive oil, thyme or basil captured its consumers and made canned fish one of the most desired Portuguese traditional products in the country and abroad. The most common canned fishes are sardines, mackerel and tuna. Nevertheless, there are other specialties such as tuna in olive oil, marinated eels, cuttlefish and squids in their ink and also some shellfish such as mussels. Nowadays, canned fish makes up for 40% of the entire Portuguese fishery and this transformed Portugal into one of the biggest exporters worldwide. PRIME TRADING offers some of the Portuguese best canned fish of craft origin to enjoy some of the best flavours that the Portuguese sea offers.
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