Well, I should have known better. Ever since I've been getting salted herring from Bavaria Sausage, each and every single fish I've cleaned has contained roe. But the pictures of roe sacks I showed you -- no they are not. Turns out they are "milts" or sperm sacks from the males. I thought the texture was a little off, but I didn't really think much about it because of my past experience with the herring. I mean, each and every fish I've cleaned, dozens of them. have had roes sacks which look like this:
|Courtesy of Marianna Paavonkallio|
Marianna graciously allowed me to use her picture of herring roe and you can visit her excellent website by clicking on the link above.
Here is a picture of what I thought were roe sacks from the fish I cleaned the other day:
I thought they were a little "off." They were not quite the right color and the texture was a bit slippery. But, I didn't think much of it at the time. When I cut into one, though, ready to show you how I like to spread the roe on bread, I realized that something was askew. So, I did some research on line and found out that my roe sacks were really milts. What's a milt? Milts are the sperm sacks of male herring. They are, apparently, edible. And I know they are edible because my dog loved them. While I was researching, I found a cute story about a couple who enjoyed a herring snack every Saturday night until "something happened." You can read about it here:
|That sperm sack looks like something......hmmm...|
The bread pictured is not the correct bread, but it is whole grain and it is on my current diet. Also it has seeds (caraway), which I like, but seeded bread is not traditional in my family. To truly enjoy eating herring like a Russian, get the very best quality rye bread you can find. Try to avoid Americanized, and by this I mean tasteless, bread. I'll leave the controversial issue of seeds up to you.