I had a delicious sea bream, or gilt-head bream, for lunch yesterday, one that my local fish market assured me was caught in Dalmatian waters. Here in Slovenia and in Croatia –and likely elsewhere as well– it’s known as orada, a variation of its Latin name Sparus aurata.
That Dalmatian connection reminded me of this morning scene at the main fish market in Split, Croatia, where fish and everything seafood-related is taken very seriously. The next time I visit I’ll be sure to snap a photo of commerce involving orada.
Sparus aurata is common in Mediterranean and Adriatic water, and along the eastern coastal regions of the North Atlantic. Other typical names in Europe, northern Africa and nearby Mediterranean regions are variations of dorada or daurade.
And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 786th straight, was taken in Split, Croatia, on 13 February 2008.