Simmered “Sanma” Saury with Umeboshi & Soy Sauce
Have you ever thought why saury fish is silver aglitter?
Silver part of the body surface is composed of purine base called “guanine”. The plate crystals of guanine overlapped in many layers reflect the light.
We call these type fish which “Ao-Zakana”, saury is one of them.
is a saury. 秋刀魚（さんま） literally “autumn sword fish”
is a blue-backed fish, various kinds of “shiny” (silvery scales) fish including saury, sardine, mackerel, Japanese horse mackerel, flying fish 青魚（あおざかな） literally “blue fish” It’s also called “Hikari-Mono” in Sushi 光もの（ひかりもの） literally “shiny thing”
is a pickled Japanese plum “Ume”. 梅干し（うめぼし） literally “dried plum”