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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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pollack Pollachius pollachius, a fish of the cod family which has a range in the E. Atlantic from northern waters down to Portugal. Although its maximum length is well over one metre, specimens in the markets are likely to measure 50–80 cm (20–32").

This species is perfectly good to eat but is not caught in large quantities, so relatively uncommon in the markets. The French name is lieu jaune. It is not to be confused with the saithe, P. virens, a more important species which is lieu noir in French and pollock in the USA.