The Netherlands

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring

Not every herring can be called Hollandse Nieuwe. Check the reason why this one gets the special name!

Hollandse Nieuwe Herring
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Alkan Boudewijn de Beaumont Chaglar

Only herring that was caught from May to July can respectfully be named Nieuwe. According to the tradition the freshly caught herring is left with its pancreas, that later helps the preservation and limits the need of salt. There is also a special way of eating it. You are supposed to hold the fish by tail and dunk it in your mouth with your head thrown back. Some of the less adventurous can eat it on a sandwich.

Things to do in The Netherlands : Hollandse Nieuwe Herring