A very populair fish in The Netherlands is herring. Especiallysalt(y) herring. Obviouslyfor sale in a fish shop, but also in the typical Dutch herringstall in the street.
The conservation of thisfish was inventedby a Dutch fisherman in 1380.
First a part of the guts and the gills of the herring are removed, exceptfor the pancreas. The pancreasripens the herringby fermentation. The video shows youthe pancreas. It is decisivefor the taste and fat content.Formerly the herringwascoveredwith saltandstored in barrelsforconservation. Today the herring is conservated in the freezer.
In the fish shop or theherringstalltheyremove the pancreas, headandboneand the rest of the guts.
Traditionallyyoueatherring in one piece, holding itby the tailand thenbitingit off. But youcanalsogetitin pieces or on a sandwich.
Herring is usuallyservedwithonionsand pieces of sourpickle. But of course as youlike it.