TOP 8 take­away tu­nas

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Sally Barnes Wood­cock Smok­ery hot smoked al­ba­core tuna 150g €5.80 Vacuum packed, this is my go-to easy starter or lunch dish. Mash or pulse with creme fraiche and add a lit­tle lemon juice or horse­rad­ish for an ex­tra kick. This tuna is caught in Ir­ish waters, and with Sally Barnes we are as­sured of its in­tegrity. This is a gen­er­ous por­tion of fish with no preser­va­tives and max­i­mum nu­tri­ents, with just salt added. Gently hot smoked. For stock­ists/ or­der on line: wood­cocksmok­ Score: 9.5

Shines wild yel­lowfin tuna 111g (drained 73g) €4.20 The fish from this wide range of tuna prod­ucts comes from Ir­ish waters. Cur­rently pack­aged in Spain with lo­cal olive oil, in cans and jars, the tuna has plenty of flavour and was pop­u­lar among tasters who were glad to see this prod­uct is Ir­ish. Widely avail­able.

Score: 9

Fish 4 Ever Yel­lowfin tuna 120g (90g drained) €4.20 Sus­tain­ably fished, the web­site ex­plains it is pole and line caught. Or­ganic olive oil is used with fish which caught off the coast of Sene­gal/ Mid­dle East At­lantic, so it has trav­eled more miles than we would pre­fer. I found this in The Vil­lage Gro­cer, Castle­mar­tyr, Co Cork. Score: 7

Or­tiz El Velero Bonito del Norte 112g (82g drained) €3.19 It’s al­ways good to see Dol­phin Friendly on a la­bel. Bonito del Norte is a species of tuna fished around the Bay of Bis­cay and is of­ten line caught. This one in olive oil has good flavour and a soft tex­ture. Good for sal­ads. Widely avail­able.

Score: 8

Marks & Spencer al­ba­core tuna loins 225g (160g drained) €5.20 This jar of pole and line caught tuna are in fin­gers in ex­tra vir­gin olive oil. Juicy and with good flavour, it is packed in Spain from fish caught in the North Pa­cific from a sus­tain­able fish­ery. Tasters loved the tex­ture. Score: 8

John West In­fu­sions 80g €1.99 In a snap shut car­ton, this small por­tion has re­hy­drated dried gar­lic and red chilli and salt added for a fairly pleas­ant flavour. Handy for the car or beach as an easy lunch. An idea to pre­pare at home with bet­ter value and qual­ity tuna. Not a favourite of tasters, but one taster said she might buy it if she were on a diet.

Score: 5

Aldi Ocean Rise pole & line tuna steak 200g (150g drained weight) €1.19 For those watch­ing their weight, steak packed in brine is bet­ter than oily ver­sions. There are oil packed ver­sions avail­able too. The tex­ture is quite flaky and while a steak, it is not the prime cut. Fish has been caught in Cen­tral East­ern At­lantic and West In­dian ocean or Cen­tral Western Pa­cific, so we can­not be sure ex­actly where our par­tic­u­lar tin­ful comes from.

Score: 7

Pala­cio de Ori­ente Bonito del Norte 230g (155g drained) €5 This can is the largest we found and is a good size for a fam­ily meal. A de­cent chunk of white tuna (al­ba­core) is canned in Spain with olive oil and salt. A tasty piece of fish, it is cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able, but it was dif­fi­cult for the sup­plier to say ex­actly where it is caught as fish comes from wher­ever stocks are avail­able.

Score: 8

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