A very populair fish in The Netherlands is herring. Especiallysalt(y) herring. Obviouslyfor sale in a fish shop, but also in the typicalDutch 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 herringbyfermentation. The video shows youthe pancreas. It is decisiveforthe taste and fat content.Formerly the herringwascoveredwithsaltandstored 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 tailandthenbitingit off. But youcanalsogetitin pieces or on a sandwich.
Herring is usuallyservedwithonionsand pieces of sourpickle. But of course as youlike it.