Wild Planet White Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Review

Wild Planet Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

When most people think of anchovies, they think of the tiny little fileted salt bombs you find in the supermarket that are used to add a salty bite to pizza and Caesar salads. Eaten on their own, the taste would best be described as fishy salt mush. This is a shame, because as a small oily fish, anchovies share many of the same health benefits of sardines, and because they are also low on the food chain, they share their low levels of toxins as well.

Enter Wild Planet to the rescue. Wild Planet’s White Anchoives will change the way you think about sardines forever. These pacific caught beauties aren’t fileted like typical tinned anchovies. Instead, they come whole with just the heads and tip of the tail chopped off. Except for the slightly smaller size and thinner body, they could easily be confused for a tin of Iberian style sardines.

Wild Planet Anchovie Close Up

 

Wild Planet Anchovies in Extra Virgin Olive Oil TinAnd the similarity extends beyond just mere appearance. Wild Planet’s White Anchovies taste a lot like sardines too. It is a slightly milder, more delicate taste than the typical sardine, but if you ate them with any kind of sauce or flavoring, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.

There are about 8-9 anchovies per tin. Like all Wild Planet products, the tins are BPA-free. The nutritional profile is a lot like Wild Planet’s sardine line, as you can see:

Sardines
Serving Size 2 oz.
Calories 110
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 260mg
Total Carb. 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 10%
Omega 3s: EPA 210 per can
DHA 885 per can

Anchovies
Serving Size 2 oz.
Calories 140
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 280mg!!!
Total Carb. 0g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 25
Iron 10%
Omega 3s: EPA 1,240 per 4.375 oz. can
DHA 770 per 4.375 oz. can

The one big difference is that while all Wild Plant’s sardines are smoked, their anchovies are not. So if you fancy the Wild Planet brand for health and sustainability reasons but avoided their sardines because you favor unsmoked sardines over smoked, these anchovies present an interesting alternative.

I got these anchovies on sale at Whole Foods, 2 for $5. The normal price was over $3 a tin. So these aren’t cheap, and unlike Wild Planet’s Sardines, which are currently sold at Costco in an excellently priced 10 tin value pack, I haven’t found any cheaper source for this relatively uncommon product. And since I actually prefer the taste of smoked sardines to unsmoked, I really don’t have any reason to purchase these anchovies again despite how genuinely impressed I was by them. But I was impressed, and strongly recommend you check this item out if you are lucky enough to have a store near you that carries it.

Anchovies, Wild Planet

Pros:

Mild, Delicate Taste
No Saltiness
Nutritional Profile Similar to Sardines
BPA Free Tins

Cons:

Not Cheap

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