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How a Ship Full of Fish Helped Recreate an Ancient Fish Sauce (Smithsonian)

Melanie Wong Mar 7, 2012 10:10 AM

"The ship was full of fish—maybe even live ones. Italian researchers found that the vessel contained what amounts to a giant fish tank—a hydraulic system capable of transporting 440 pounds of live parrotfish (Scarus ssp.) from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The wreck also contains 600 amphorae, some with well-preserved fish sauce inside."


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    racer x RE: Melanie Wong Mar 7, 2012 09:21 PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    I wonder whether the parrotfish were used for garum or for other purposes. They are so beautiful.

    1. njmarshall55 RE: Melanie Wong Mar 8, 2012 06:58 AM

      Food and history...two of my favorite topics. Thanks for the info, Mel. I'll have to check my copy of Apicius for more.

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        Melanie Wong RE: njmarshall55 Mar 12, 2012 03:35 PM

        Do let us know (on the Home Cooking board) if you start experimenting with garum production.

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