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Bonito del Norte (White Tuna)

In the depths of the Bay of Biscay, where the waters from the Cantabrian Sea bring freshness and nutrients, lies a special culinary treasure: Bonito del Norte, also known as White Tuna. This type of tuna is famous for its delicious taste and tender texture, highly valued by people who love good food.

Bonito del Norte is a moderate-sized fish, typically measuring between 60 to 80 centimeters (approximately 24 to 31 inches) and weighing from 4 to 12 kilograms (approximately 8.8 to 26.5 pounds). It has a long, streamlined body with well-defined dorsal and pectoral fins. Its shiny silver skin and white underside make it easy to recognize among the catches from the Cantabrian Sea.

Besides its great flavor, Bonito del Norte offers important health benefits. It's packed with lean proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential B-group vitamins, especially B12, which are important for a balanced diet.

The fishing of Bonito del Norte follows sustainable practices, making sure not to overfish and respecting the natural cycles of the tuna's migration. Local fishermen use traditional methods like purse seining to catch them, ensuring that the species remains abundant and the quality of the product is top-notch.

In the kitchen, Bonito del Norte is incredibly versatile. It's used in traditional dishes like "marmitako" (Basque tuna stew), as well as in empanadas and grilled recipes, loved by families and restaurant diners alike. It can also be preserved in olive oil, creating high-quality canned products, especially the sought-after belly section.

But Bonito del Norte isn't limited to traditional recipes. It has also found its way into haute cuisine and modern gastronomy, appearing in dishes like sushi and ceviches, where its freshness and texture shine.

In summary, Bonito del Norte from the Cantabrian Sea isn't just delicious; it's a symbol of the region's marine richness and the importance of sustainable fishing. Its presence on tables not only honors local culinary traditions but also reminds us of the need to protect and appreciate these treasures from the sea for generations to come.

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