Our Portuguese partners harvest sardines
at the seasonal peak of omega-3s, succulence, and flavor
Click to view our YouTube video tour of the harvesting and packing of Vital Choice sardines and mackerel.
Wild Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4-3/8 ozWild Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4-3/8 oz
Wild Sardines in Water 4-3/8 oz - No Salt or Oil AddedWild Sardines in Water 4-3/8 oz - No Salt or Oil Added
Wild Sardines in Organic Tomato Sauce 4-3/8 ozWild Sardines in Organic Tomato Sauce 4-3/8 oz
Wild Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4-3/8 oz - SpicedWild Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 4-3/8 oz - Spiced
Wild Sardine Fillets in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 3.5 ozWild Sardine Fillets in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 3.5 oz
Wild Sardine Fillet Sampler QuartetWild Sardine Fillet Sampler Quartet
Wild Sardine Fillets in Water, No Salt Added - 3.5 ozWild Sardine Fillets in Water, No Salt Added - 3.5 oz
Wild Sardine Fillets with Organic Chili Pepper - 3.5 ozWild Sardine Fillets with Organic Chili Pepper - 3.5 oz
Wild Portuguese Sardines Sampler PackWild Portuguese Sardines Sampler Pack
Wild Portuguese Sardines & Mackerel SamplerWild Portuguese Sardines & Mackerel Sampler
Wild Sardine Fillets in Organic Tomato Sauce - 3.5 ozWild Sardine Fillets in Organic Tomato Sauce - 3.5 oz
 
About Vital Choice Sardines
We went all the way to Portugal to find the world's finest omega-3-rich sardines! These succulent treats come to us from a family that’s been perfecting their craft for more than 100 years. Just for Vital Choice, they custom-pack sardines harvested when levels of omega-3s and flavor reach their peak.
 
 
At our direction, these premium sardines are packed in certified-organic extra virgin olive oil (with or without a red chili pepper), rich in antioxidants and flavor, organic tomato sauce, or water.
 
The Portuguese sardine fishery is abundant, well-managed, and independently certified sustainable. We get our sardines harvested in mid-October – at their peak of flavor, fat, and omega-3s – by boats from Porto in northwest Portugal.
 
From ocean to can, with care
Our experienced partner knows which fishermen consistently bring in the highest quality, and they pick the best sardines after a careful inspection of the catch. The sardine harvest happens at night, and the sardines are immediately iced on board.
 
After being offloaded at the dock, the sardines are loaded into refrigerated trucks for a short ride to the cannery, where the fish are placed into brine (water and salt) bins and then sent on to be cleaned and hand-packed into cans. The cans are steamed and rinsed, the olive oil (organic and extra virgin for Vital Choice), tomato sauce (organic for Vital Choice), or purified water is added, and the lids are attached. The cans are then cleaned, sterilized and readied for boxing.
 
The cannery is a spotless scene that speaks to the family's commitment to cleanliness and quality at every stage. The plant dates back many decades, but has clearly been well maintained and uses very modern equipment. They've perfected the art and skill of picking the very best sardines, and preparing them with care, to yield an excellent eating experience.
 
What are sardines?
The term actually covers some 20 small species of saltwater fish, most belonging to the herring family. Sardines used to school in great numbers off the island of Sardinia, west of Italy … hence the name “sardine”.
 
Like wild salmon, sardines are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, and appear on every “purest fish” list. Sardines are also rich in protein, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and niacin. This is why, early in the 19th century, Napoleon Bonaparte instituted the first sardine canning industry, to provide his people with cheap, plentiful protein.
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