The ‘R’ Rule: Fact or Fiction?

The ‘R’ Rule: Fact or Fiction?

Shellfish is one of the tastiest and most popular sea foods landed and sold through Plymouth Fisheries, and continues to grow in popularity as a year-round menu pleaser at some of our many leading restaurants and cafes in the city.

But did you know that a random piece of folklore suggests we are supposed to stop eating shellfish this month - and not tuck in again until the start of September - because of something called the ‘R’ rule?

Diving into Plymouth’s fishing history

Diving into Plymouth’s fishing history

Plymouth has a fascinating history extending back to the Bronze Age. Originally called Sutton, meaning south town, Plymouth gradually grew from a small settlement by the sea into the busy city we know today. Thanks to its natural harbour, Plymouth was initially a fishing village primarily, and Sutton Harbour was the major fishing port for the area – as it remains today.

Marine Myths: common misconceptions about seafood

Marine Myths: common misconceptions about seafood

 

Tales of sea creatures and island adventures consume much of our childhood fairytale favourites, from meeting Ariel and her family in The Little Mermaid, to discovering the lost city of Atlantis.

But many of the commonly-held myths about seafood and sea creatures which we’ve grown up with are just as much a fairytale with little truth to them when you look a little deeper.

Sea creature of the month: Octopus

Sea creature of the month: Octopus

The octopus is one of the oldest creatures in our seas, with fossils dating back 296 million years, and their ancestors predate dinosaurs. When we’re young they’re often introduced to us as funny-looking fish that inspired scary, mythical creatures like the Kraken, but how much do we really know about them? Here are a few octopus facts, including the best ways to easily cook them at home.

The Best Seafoods for Autumn

The Best Seafoods for Autumn

The leaves are starting to turn brown, the cold is slowly starting to creep in and before we know it, we’ll be wrapping up with woolly scarfs and hearing the distant sounds of jingle bells. Autumn is just around the corner and although many different types of fish are widely available and of great quality all year round, some are at their peak at specific points of the year.

Seasonal and sustainable: three’s better than one

Seasonal and sustainable: three’s better than one

This month we’re putting not one, not two, but three fish in the spotlight.

Our first fish of the month is turbot, an impressive fish which can grow up to 10kg in weight. However, turbot is expensive and normally reserved for high-end dishes in the kitchens of seafood restaurants. That’s why this month we’re bringing you two other sustainable fish, plaice and mackerel, which is more affordable, but still in season and sustainable.