Bonito Tuna is a staple in the Mediterranean but also prevalent around the globe, including the Pacific cousin in Mexico. In the Basque Country, Bonito del Norte (Thunnus alalunga) line-caught in the Cantabrian Sea is the great culinary protagonists throughout the summer festivals. This fish begins its life in plankton-rich water of the Azores and then heads for the Bay of Biscay, like so many tourists, in late spring in search of warm water and food, primarily anchovies and crustaceans. Its flesh is similar to a yellowtail tuna or albacore, firm and flavorful, making it shine in many traditional Basque dishes, including a deliciously filling fish and potato stew, Marmitako.
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