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Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Molva molva, a large fish of the cod family: maximum length 2 m (80"), market length about half of that. This is an Atlantic species, being taken mainly around Iceland and to the west of the British Isles; and only occasionally reported from the W. Mediterranean. It is considered to be close to fresh cod in merit; and in dried or salted and dried form it is almost as highly esteemed as the corresponding cod products. The dried and salted roe (huevas de maruca in Spain) is a delicacy.

The Mediterranean (or blue) ling, M. dipterygia, is somewhat smaller and less good.