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cod suppliers. For centuries, curing with salt was one of the only
methods of preserving fish for long-distance shipping. Since the
time of the Vikings, salted and dried cod from the North Atlantic
has been shipped around the world, with a large share going to the
Mediterranean countries. Because it could last for months or even
years without spoiling, salt cod became, and remains, a popular
food in inland areas of Spain, Portugal, southern France, and Italy.
Salt cod is available all year, especially at
well-stocked delis and other stores catering to southern Europeans.
It's also available in many supermarkets, especially during Lent
and to a lesser degree during the Christmas season. The Lenten connection
is obvious; but where Roman Catholic traditions are strongest, meat
is also forbidden on Christmas Eve, so seafood figures prominently
in the meal served before the midnight Mass. The Provencal souper
maigre for Christmas Eve typically includes a dish of snails or
salt cod in an otherwise vegetarian meal. Even among those families
who do not eschew meat for religious reasons, a fish dish is likely
to precede the roast in a Christmas dinner.
Once upon a time salt cod was cheap, but not
any more. Most of the world supply is caught in the north Atlantic
ocean, mainly off New England, Canada, and Iceland. However, decades
of overfishing have brought the Atlantic cod stocks near to collapse,
and it may take many years for them to recover. Some processors
have switched to the still relatively abundant Pacific cod, but
prices for salt cod, which have risen three to fourfold over the
last two decades, are likely to remain high.
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