Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo
The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

Senses of Sea: Christmas cod ... how to choose?

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Does today, with so many options, varieties and techniques (including preservation) we know which cod is "truly" the "Portuguese cod"? Will all the processes that make cod available for consumption in Portugal contribute to the national economy? And the quality? What works best for us? These and other issues are the motto for, besides knowing better our fishing port and its history, at Gafanha da Nazaré, visiting a cod processing company - Barents, knowing the process of treatment, and knowing what characteristics to look for to choose cod for Christmas. In addition, it will also be possible to taste it, by the hands of young gastronomic talent Ricardo Marques, from Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel.

Senses of Sea: Christmas cod ... how to choose?
Pedestrian guided tour to the fishing port with visit to a cod processing company with tasting

16 December | Sunday | 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

Meeting point: Cod fishing port (Gafanha da Nazaré), in front of the old ship "Argus" (Polinesya II)

Estimated duration: 2:00

Recommended minimum age: 12 years

Activity inserted in the cycle of guided tours Senses of Sea

It is thought that the consumption of cod for Christmas has been associated, since the 14th century, with the fasting of meat imposed by the Catholic Church and which at the time was 130 days a year, that is, not only in the period before Easter but also, among other times, in the period preceding Christmas, until Christmas Eve, on December 24, making salted fish an "easy" solution for the winter period that was more uncertain for fisheries and for the interior of the country.

Since cod is not caught in our waters, it is certainly the fish that, after salting (very characteristic conservation technique of the Portuguese) and after being soaked, better maintains the taste and texture characteristics of the fresh fish, which made it the product that today is also a symbol of "being Portuguese" ...

234 329 990 |

8,00 € / person (includes tasting)

Registration limited and subject to confirmation

This activity is part of the project Territories with History: the Sea, Fisheries and Communities, a networked culture program promoted by the Municipalities of Ílhavo, Peniche and Murtosa, in Central Portugal. It is co-financed by CENTRO2020, Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.