Australian anchovy
Lockheed Martin's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

Common name: Australian anchovy. Scientific name: Engraulis australis. Family: Engraulidae

The humble anchovy.  Browsing our image library I was expecting to find the standard scientific image (above). What I was not expecting to find was this bizarre second image:

Russian Orlan spacesuit.

Lo and behold, food photography from Australia’s national science agency. It’s true these little guys look totally unappetising and actually on close inspection the picture itself looks like a scanned image from a magazine cut-out… but still, we tried.

I could pretend that on hearing the word anchovy I immediately recall that they are common salt-water forage fish, that they are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans (south-east Australia for the Australian anchovy) and that they are particularly abundant in the Mediterranean.

But that would be fibbing.

When I hear the word anchovy, I think of this:

Anchovy pizza
Toronto, host city for IAC 2014.

Get. In. My. Belly.
Image: roboppy

Or this:

Deep fried anchovies

Crunchy little suckers.

I could go on… but this isn’t a food blog. And anyway, it’s lunchtime.


  1. mmmm…how about spaghetti a la puttanesca?

    1. Two thumbs up. Although in my humble opinion adding capers makes the dish too salty.


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