National Sardines Day – November 24 Image Credit:

National Sardines Day – November 24
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They might be packed with water, oil, tomato sauce or even mustard but they have been cleaned and cooked and are packed in an airtight container and ready for you to eat.  Some people are afraid to even taste these small and silver fish but sardines have a delicious taste that is loved by millions across the United States.  This is their special day and they are celebrated each year on November 24 on National Sardines Day.

Sardines are several types of small, oily fish, related to herrings.

Actually a common type of fish consumed by millions of people, sardines are rich in nutrients.

Most commonly served in cans, fresh sardine are also often grilled, pickled or smoked.

Sardines are packed in either water, olive, sunflower or soybean oil or in a tomato, chili or mustard sauce.

The term sardine was first used in English during the beginning of the 15th century, possibly coming from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia where there was an abundance of sardines.

Sardine oil is used in the manufacturing of paint, varnish and linoleum.

Sardines are a great source of vitamins and minerals.
From one’s daily vitamin allowance containing:

  • 13 % B2
  • .25 % niacin
  • 150% vitamin B12
  • phosphorus
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • selenium
  • omega-3fatty acids
  • vitamin D
  • protein

– B vitamins are important in helping to support proper nervous system function and are used for energy metabolism.
– Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and regular consumption may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and can even boost brain function as well as help lower blood sugar levels.

Relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans, sardines are very low in contaminants, such as mercury.

The sardine canning industry peaked in the United States in the 1950′s.  After the industry’s peak, it has been on the decline.  The Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, which was the last large sardine cannery in the United States, closed its doors on April 15, 2010 after 135 years in operation.

To celebrate National Sardines Day, share a can, or two of canned sardines with a friend.  See if you prefer the mustard, chili or the tomato packed ones better! 


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Sardines Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


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