I tried it and it was not bad - ingredient list is short :sardines, water and salt (for the non oil ones) or sardines, pure olive oil and salt. They claimed to be wild caught but the only thing that bugs me it's product of Morocco, even though the headquarter is here in California.
Any thoughts? or any other canned fish recommendations?
I am not planning on feasting canned fish daily as I am a little paranoid with any canned food. but sometimes it's good to have a quick omega 3 protein grab in a pinch.
Wild Planet brand is the best - see my post (and several others) here:
Here is the post on Chowhound that got me started on sardines:
User "rworange" ranked his favorites in this order. He also has his "sardine off" reviews:
The Great Sardine Taste-off - wild, organic, Kosher, Polish, etc http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/301342
The Great Sardine Taste-off - best canned sardines - Next 7 http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/301739
The Great Sardine Taste-off - the Sardine Saga continues (cans 31-39) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/302204
The Great Sardine Taste-off – the Spanish Saga (cans 40-49) http://www.chowhound.com/topics/320712
IMO Crown Prince is a pretty solid brand--readily available and comparatively inexpensive. It makes sense that some of their product comes from Morocco since Morocco is the biggest exporter of canned sardines in the world. Local CA sardines would be nearly impossible to find since the fish stocks have declined so significantly due to overfishing and changes in water temp that there is no longer any commercial CA sardine fishing that I know of. Additionally, the last US sardine cannery (which was in Maine) closed a couple years ago.
Canned sardines really run the gamut and I am nowhere near a big enough fan or connoisseur of them to justify seeking or shelling out for the pricey ones--they are more a utility source of cheap fish for me. My only rules are no soy or canola oil, so I tend to go for olive oil or spring water packed. I like the little Norwegian bristling ones the best, but also like the bigger herring ones, too. We usually just buy the Brunswick ones, which are caught in Atlantic Canadian waters. I also love the herring fillets and kippers from Bar Harbor Foods.
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