We, Russians, were so disrespectful to a much-appraised mackerel that I almost feel ashamed!
Being the most inexpensive fish on the fish counter in Soviet Russia we disregarded it as an option for a decent meal or considered it fit only for cat food.
Whereas apparently mackerel has always been a popular fish throughout European history. With its sparkling, silvery belly and iridescent blue-grey stripes, the mackerel is an eye-catching fish - almost “showy”.
The French, German and Dutch as well as the British use the name mackerel and it is derived from the Latin word “macula”, spot.