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Whiting (Merlangius Merlangus)
A fish of the gadidae family, so related to cod, haddock and hake. The whiting prefers shallow waters, so is common from the North Sea along the coast to the Mediterranean. It reaches a maximum length of about 60cm, but most found are between 20-40cm.
If found, the flesh is delicate, and best suited to poaching or the steamer rather than frying. It"s popular in France where it"s known as merlan.
Whiting is popular wind-dried in Scotland.