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Bacalhau do Barents

Edition 31 — 04.10.2021 • 10.10.2021
Codfish

Bacalhau do Barents is a company in the codfish processing industry, located in the codfish port of Gafanha da Nazaré, in Ílhavo, that has been placing traditionally cured Portuguese codfish on the national and international market since 1966, guaranteeing the quality of its texture and taste.

It is in the Barents Sea where the "Gadus morhua" is found and captured: the noblest of all species belonging to the Gadidae family. The cod seeks the cold and clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean where it freely exploits the icy sea currents that are essential for its development.

From Norway with love

The origins of the codfish history get lost in time, for the first codfish-processing factories appeared in Norway and in Iceland already in the 9th century! But it was not until the 15th century that the Portuguese began to trade codfish. Dried salted codfish lasted over three months during the long-lasting sea journeys without losing its proteins and nutrients, which was ideal in this historical period! Portuguese were the first ones to fish codfish in the Newfoundland in the 15th century. By that time codfish already represented 10% of the traded fish in Portugal.

Ílhavo has a deep maritime tradition and the codfish is actually the landmark of this beautiful coastal city. Every year in August the municipality organises the popular Codfish Festival that attracts many visitors to the city. Apart from gastronomy, this festival also presents outstanding concerts and exhibits!

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