Anchovies from Getaria (Spain)
Facts & Figures
A good catch
The fishermen in Getaria look out for shoals of anchovies from a type of boat known as a purse seine. As soon as they locate one, they circle it with a net, which forms a kind of purse when it’s pulled closed at the bottom.
Gastronomy in the Basque Country
The Basque Country in Spain is known for its rich culinary culture, and anchovies are a staple on every menu. The fishermen themselves are keen cooks, too, and often spend their weekends in the kitchen. They’re all members of a “sociedad gastronómica”, a traditional cooking club. Picture long tables with entire families getting together for lunch or dinner, and recipes being passed down from generation to generation. When it’s not canned, the anchovy is often prepared the traditional way: grilled with garlic and sea salt – mouthwateringly simple!