Ati Manel Sardines in Spicy Olive Oil


Big Portuguese sardines with some cucumber, carrot, and chili pepper. Is it spiced, is it spicy? We’re going with spicy, because it lacks the bay and clove notes. And in the original it’s referred to as “picantes” which we believe translates more accurately as spicy than spiced.

120g (4.2oz) tin

In stock


Ingredients: Sardines (Sardina pilchardus ) (70.8%), Olive Oil with 20% Extra Virgin (22.3%), Carrots (2.5%), Cucumber (1.7%), Chili pepper (1.7%),  and Salt.

The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.

We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.

This particular tin doesn’t exactly fit either definition. It has the vegetables, but not the bay or clove. So we’re calling it spicy.


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