Bonito are a tribe of medium-sized, ray-finned predatory fish in the family Scombridae – a family it shares with the mackerel, tuna and Spanish mackerel tribes, and also the butterfly kingfish. Also called the Sardini tribe, it consists of eight species across four genera; three of those four genera are monotypic genera, having a single species each.
Although bonito is an adjective common to both Spanish and Portuguese that means pretty, it is not clear whether the name of the fish is related to this. It is also not clear whether the Arabic name bainīth is the origin of the Portuguese/Spanish term, or vice versa.
Pacific and Atlantic bonito meat has a firm texture and a darkish color. The bonito has a moderate fat content. The meat of young or small bonito can be of lighter color, close to that of skipjack tuna, and is sometimes used as a cheaper substitute of skipjack, especially for canning purposes. Bonito may not be marketed as tuna in all countries, however.
Bonito that has been dried, fermented, and smoked, called katsuobushi, is a key ingredient in many Japanese soups.
The Atlantic bonito is also found in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, where it is a popular food fish, eaten grilled, pickled (lakerda), or baked.
- ^ "Sardini". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0700
The second annual Treasure Coast Bonito Blast, benefiting the Wounded Warriors of South Florida, drew a fleet of 120 boats Saturday to its event fished out of Manatee Island Bar and grill in Port Salerno. An estimated 400 people participated or ...
Drowned In Sound
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:31:29 -0700
Enter the day-glo hyperreal second childhood of Anglo-Japanese electro-popsters Kero Kero Bonito: A place somewhere between Tokyo's neon wilderness and the sugar-rush psychedaelia of Super Mario Galaxy. Bilingual singer and rapper Sarah and ...
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:21:19 -0700
"Have you heard about bonito? Are they here yet?" That's the refrain passing between fishermen as August enters its final weeks. Bonito are a passion for many anglers, and they only arrive at this time of the season. Bonito are members of the mackerel ...
Asbury Park Press
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0700
Heating up the inshore action are bonito and mahi-mahi that are feeding on sand eels on the ridges. The Barnegat Ridge is all lit up Capt. Dave DeGennaro of the Hi Flier said. He said besides the usual small chicken dolphin there are 10- to 20-pound bulls.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:41:15 -0700
The sugar-blasted oddball spirit of the South London/Japan trio rises on each track from the group's debut mixtape Intro Bonito. Splitting a poppy mend between Cibo Matto and Deerhoof, Kero Kero Bonito blast through like an overdose of arcade flashes ...
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:54:07 -0700
The presence of the mackerel schools, along with small cocktail blues and now more and more bonito on the lumps is helping pace the inshore fishing. “Between all these fish it's really good fishing right now,” said Capt. Rich Falcone of the ...
Entertainment Weekly (blog)
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:12:04 -0700
One excellent example of this micro-movement—which thankfully hasn't yet been cursed with a corny name like “chillwave” or “PBR&B”—is “Sick Beat” by London trio Kero Kero Bonito. The song throws bits and pieces of dancehall, hip-hop, J-pop, and '90s ...
La Voz de Galicia
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0700
La Diputación Provincial de Lugo y la Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC) trabajan desde principios de año en un proyecto que busca revalorizar especies clave en la actividad económica de los puertos mariñanos: la merluza y el bonito del ...
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