We have many names for the things we love, as the saying goes. Do not make the mistake of underestimating the small, oily, nutritious fish that form the umami-flavored backbone of many coastal cuisines.
Knowing which is which is not easy. There are not only several species that seem to fill the oceans, they also have different names depending on where they are caught, on where they are eaten, on how they are eaten, and on what size they are. The basics: