Sardines and pilchards are both the same species, which has the Latin name Sardinus pilchardus. Essentially, the differentiator is size: smaller fish are called sardines and the larger, older fish are called pilchards.
Sardines range in size from 80g-150g and are ideal for grilling whole and served as a starter, or for barbecuing. Fished off the UK’s south coast, the French coast and the Mediterranean, they tend to prefer warmer waters. Currently most of the UK catch goes to France.
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