Probably one of the smallest commercial fish of the Arabian sea, White Sardine – Mittu is a complete package of essential nutrients and vitamins. It is amazing to know that the maximum known standard length for this fish is around 4 inches only.
Usually consumed whole and loved by the Southeast Asian community of Pakistan, White Sardine – Mittu has yet to make inroads to the kitchen of the local consumers.
White Sardine is considered one of the tastiest small fish due to its distinctly soft oily texture, mouthwatering flavor, and superb mouthfeel.
White Sardines are sea fish and are usually found in coastal and pelagic areas. They travel in the form of large schools.
English Name: White Sardine
Local Name: Mittu
Scientific Name: Escualosa Thoracata
White Sardine is caught using bottom trawls.
White Sardines don’t have visible scales on the body. The body is Small, moderately compressed and the snout is very short and blunt. The top jaw is short, not extending beyond the front edge of the preoperculum, with a blunt tip.
White Sardines are white to pale gray. The body has a prominent white strap starting from the eye to the tail. The inner edges of the caudal fin are slightly darkish.
On average, the White Sardine size range is 10 to 20 grams per fish (3 to 4 inches long). However, Other sizes are also occasionally available.
White Sardines are preferred as a whole (uncleaned). With a very small size, there is not much cutting possible.
Approx. Cutting Yields
Whole: 100 %
Headless and Gutted: N/A
White Sardine is preferred in soups, stews, broths, or cooking with rice.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Immune System
Strengthens the bones
Improves Skin and Hair health