Melva? What fish is this?

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Melva? What fish is this?

Postby oliveview01 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:34 pm

Mercadona have Melva fish, it looks a bit like a small tuna fish to me. I can´t find it in the cookery books or dictionary, I googled it and it came up as frigate!
Any ideas?

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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby Enrique » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:40 pm

Hi oliveview01,
Some info ......................

http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticl ... px?id=4586
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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby El Cid » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:10 pm

It's like a fat, very bloody, mackerel.

Best avoided - I tried cooking it some years ago and was very disappointed.

Stick to Tuna - it's readily available and much better.

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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby oliveview01 » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:34 am

will give it a miss then! Mackeral has to be very fresh to be nice. Thanks for the replies. :clap:

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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby annfoto » Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:38 pm

Mercadona's makeral is delicious if you marinade it for an hour in brine and lemon juice, dry it then smoke it using orange or lemon wood shavings for 25 mins.
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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby hangoverocks » Sun Oct 09, 2016 3:36 pm

I have just finished eating one - fantastic !
I bought it from Mercadona yesterday (Saturday afternoon many fish are discounted so Melva was 3€ per kilo!).
The fish weighed 1kilo, bright-eyed and silver-blue and looked like a mini tuna or bonito, the nice ladies at Mercadona filleted it for me, which brought the weight down to about half a kilo. My wife steamed it with (I think) a spot of soy sauce, onion and fresh asparagus (in October!), it was LOVELY, very meaty with bones (but not excessive) and no scales, dark red/brown meat in the middle, like a sirloin and lighter brown meat around that. So we had two delicious 8oz fillets for 3€ - a fab Sunday lunch.
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Re: Melva? What fish is this?

Postby Martin Page » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:16 am

Malva - is a frigate Mackerel. They usually live in deep sea. They are of the same family as Tuna and Bonito, usually pink meat with a darker band in them and a powerful flavour. Usually cooked with salsas.

http://eladerezo.hola.com/la-alacena/melva-o-canutera.html


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