Lemon Sole

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Microstomus kitt, a left-handed flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, thus not a true sole (true soles being right-handed). It is nonetheless a fine fish of commercial importance. Maximum length 65 cm (26"), colour of the back generally dark brown but with varied and irregular markings of yellow, orange, etc. Widespread on the coastal banks of Europe from Iceland and Norway down to France.

Salted and dried lemon sole, prepared so as to yield strips of flesh which can be peeled off and eaten as they come, are (or used to be) known as Schotse schol (‘Scottish sole’) on the Belgian coast.