For the past 120 years, Arroyabe, a family firm from the Basque fishing port of Bermeo, has been preserving the finest Bonito del Norte, Atun Claro, Cantabrian anchovies, cockles, mussels and garfish – also known as needlefish, due to their long and pointed snouts. Tuna is caught the original and best way using rod-and-line, a low-impact method that doesn’t damage the seabed or capture other species, as would happen with trawling. As you would expect, all its products are certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The fish is then hand-prepared by skilful and experienced workers who carefully select the best pieces to use. Most are packed in olive oil, which enhances the fish’s smooth texture and savoury flavour. Some are packed in water, which brings down the product's calorie count, while some are packed in escabeche – a delicious pickle sauce of oil and vinegar, a traditional method of preserving fish that was used before the advent of sterilisation.
Whichever you choose, you can be sure of the quality. For decades, Arroyabe’s seafood has been widely appreciated in its homeland, where it graces the menus of the Basque Country’s restaurants, txoko clubs and pintxo bars. Now you can enjoy it at home.