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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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tench Tinca tinca, a freshwater fish of the carp family found throughout Europe. Length rarely over 50 cm (20"); coloration blackish-green with lighter and reddish underside. The flesh is soft but tasty and commands a high price in countries where it is appreciated, notably Germany. Tench are sometimes farmed in fish ponds, despite their slow rate of growth.