Portuguese gourmet

Portuguese sardine

Portugal is presently a part of the European Union since 1986 and in the ancient times it has been subjugated under the formidable Romans. With the alterations in the graph of history, the gourmet in Portugal has been considerably influenced from time to time by the different ruling tribes and later from the neighboring regions.

Portuguese sardine

If one studies the geographical location of Portugal carefully, one will notice that it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean one two sides and therefore it is easy to determine that most of the inhabitants of the regions closer to the sea coast are heavily dependent on sea food for their survival. This also goes to explain to a great extent the reason for the inclusion of different varieties of sea fishes within their diet. The name sardine was given with reference to the Sardinian island where these fishes are found in plenty. Sardines or European pilchards are also an integral part of the Portuguese culture and are intricately associated with various festivals in Portugal where sardine preparations are the prime attraction. In fact studies reveal that fish is one of the major ingredients that needs to be included as part of the festive menu in Portugal. In this case, it is possible to refer to one of the most famous and well known festivals in Portugal which is celebrated every year on the13th of June known as Saint Anthony's Day and this is held in the premier city of Portugal, Lisbon. On this occasion of widespread celebration, huge crowds throng the streets of Lisbon and the popular delicacy served to the people is grilled sardines (sardinhas assadas). Moreover, it must also be noted that in various regions of Portugal like Olhao, Povoa de Varzim, Figueira da Foz and Portalegre, it is an accepted tradition to consume grilled sardines during the summer months.