A spectacular ‘ronqueo’ of bluefin tuna at the El Corte Inglés Pintor Sorolla Supermarket. This traditional technique can was enjoyed this Saturday at 12 noon at the El Corte Inglés Avenida de Francia supermarket.Yesterday afternoon, dozens of customers witnessed the ‘ronqueo’ of a bluefin tuna at the El Corte Inglés Pintor Sorolla supermarket, carried out by specialists from Barbate belonging to the Cadiz company Petaca Chico.

The ronqueo or traditional cutting of the tuna is a term that comes from the noise that the knife makes when it rubs against the backbone. With this manual cut, the different usable parts of the tuna are extracted both for fresh consumption and for the production of processed products.

The almadraba, from the Andalusian Arabic ‘place where one hits or fights’, is a technique known since pre-Roman times for catching tuna used in Andalusia, the Valencian Community, Murcia and Ceuta, taking advantage of the Atlantic-Mediterranean tuna migration (and return). It consists of installing a labyrinth of nets in the passage of the tuna, which is normally located near the coast.

Almost all the traps set in the Mediterranean, from the 18th to the mid-20th century, have been captained by arráeces (chiefs of all the tasks carried out in the trap) from Benidorm, who for centuries were considered by the natives of this town in Alicante to be true experts in this art of fishing.

Using this traditional fishing technique, a large bluefin tuna was hauled today directly from the long line to the El Corte Inglés Pintor Sorolla Supermarket. The result of this spectacular butchering will be available both in the El Corte Inglés fishmonger’s shop and in the Cafeteria, which will offer tuna tartare on its menu.

The public was able to enjoy live this ancestral fishermen’s routine, a spectacular and precise technique that is more than 3,000 years old in Japan and dates back to ancient times in the Mediterranean. In addition to being able to taste the prized fish, directly from the tuna trap to the supermarket, where it has been possible to acquire the product with all its different cuts and cuts.

Bluefin tuna is considered the king of the sea and one of the most prized fish on the planet. Practically everything can be used, and its meat can be eaten either cooked or raw. The high season runs from mid-spring to August. The name ‘ronqueo’ refers to the sound that the knife makes on the tuna, and it is an ancestral technique that is now the union of Spanish and Japanese techniques.

This Saturday 15th June at 12 noon, the public witnessed this traditional cutting of the bluefin tuna at the El Corte Inglés Avenida de Francia supermarket.

Report by ‘24/7 Valencia’ team

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