Norwegian stockfish, a wild codfish hailing from the pristine Arctic Ocean that is naturally dried by the sun and icy Scandinavian winds, has made its way to the Pearl River.
Not by swimming, though.
The Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou, together with Aurora Seafood AS, announced on November 18 that this fish that has long been popular with Europeans is now being marketed in China. Guangzhou is its first home port in the country.
Stockfish may be a less known seafood product than Norwegian salmon, though it is even more symbolic to some Norwegians. Stockfish, with a history spanning more than 1,000 years, is said to be quite nutritious, with about 82% of its edible meat pure protein. That makes it ideal for the people living in the cold and harsh arctic climate along the Norwegian coast. Now we’ll see how it is accepted in the more balmy climate of Guangzhou.
Another mysterious product from Norway also was brought to Guangzhou at an event announcing the stockfish arrival on November 18 — Myken Whisky, which, say Aurora officials, comes from the northernmost distillery in the world.
The whisky is produced under the midnight sun during a prolonged distillation process, accompanied by the waves of the Arctic Sea. The water used for the whisky is desalinated from Arctic seawater, one of the most high quality water sources in the world, according to Aurora.
Photos provided by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General