Thursday, November 25, 2010

Whitebait (Engl) Bianchetti (IT)

Whitebait is a collective term used throughout the world to describe small fishes that are collected en masse and eaten whole. Many species and many fisheries fit this definition. All whitebait species spend part of their life cycle in fresh water and part in the sea. Tiny fish hatch in late autumn and are carried along rivers out to sea where they live and grow over the winter.

(Whitebait Fritters)

New Zealand Whitebaiting (Engl)

Bianchetti  (IT)

IL BIANCHETTO (GIANCHETTO) è il nome attribuito in lingua ligure al novellame del pesce azzurro pescato nel Mar Mediterraneo (in particolare sardine e acciughe).

Nella cucina ligure i bianchetti si consumano prevalentemente scottati nell'acqua salata e serviti caldi conditi con olio e limone; un'altra versione prevede il confezionamento di frittelle preparate con pastella di uova e farina o in frittate insaporite dal limone (piatto, quest'ultimo, particolarmente popolare nel ponente ligure); si possono anche semplicemente infarinare e friggere.

Nella cucina siciliana sono molto utilizzate le polpette di neonata, delle polpette schiacciate di bianchetto, con prezzemolo, uovo e un pizzico di farina per amalgamare e quindi fritte in olio d'oliva.


Nella cucina napoletana prendono il nome di cicenielli.

Antipasto con Bianchetti (o Gianchetti) (IT)


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  2. Hello,
    Important note about whitebait!
    As you may already know, in Italy most of the whitebait or neonate species are now subject to strict fishing rules and regulations.

    Now, about your question:
    I am not the author of the photos published. However, this blog is meant to be informative and educational only. For commercial use of the photos, like advertising purposes etc... you should ask for permission to the authors , since they could have some rights reserved.

    Best regards.