It’s anchovy season here! Anchovy is a kind of fish living in Black Sea, which is called hamsi in Turkish. The size of anchovy shouldn’t mislead you in terms of its taste. Although it is very tiny and cheap, it has such an outstanding flavor that you can not compare it to any other kinds of fish. It is best enjoyed coated with cornflour and pan fried. But I love it in oven, too. You can find the recipe in my post titled Anchovy in Oven.
Autumn is the prime season of anchovy. Fishing is banned at the beginning of May as it is the time of fish migration and spawning. And this ban is lifted by September 1. The abundance of anchovies in Black Sea makes both fishermen and Turkish people very happy this year. The high number of anchovies makes them the cheapest fish at fish markets. As red meat has been very expensive since last year, people prefer to have chicken or legumes as protein source as these are decent in price. There is one more protein source for people now: anchovy. Not all fish kinds are as affordable as anchovies, so people rush to fish markets to buy anchovies. It costs about 3TL at black Sea region while it is about 5 TL in center Anatolia (including Eskişehir). Fishmongers are so pleased with the number of customers. They say that they earn much more from anchovies than they do from other kinds of fish. So it will result in a remarkable contribution to Turkey’s economy.
Go buy some anchovies and enjoy if it’s in season in your region too.