Monday, 24 December 2018


There are over 30 different species, principally belonging to the family Scombridaeand are commonly referred to as mackerel, Tuna are a distant cousin.

The word "mackerel" means "marked" or "spotted", and derives from middle ages French  maquerel, 12C, meaning a pimp or procurer. The connection is not altogether clear, however mackerel do spawn enthusiastically in shoals near the coast. 

As an oily fish, it is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. 

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