Photo from: Joe Friday
L. Alosa falax, Eng. shad, alosa, finta. This species of shad is smaller than others averaging 40 cm. in length. It has a thick body with a dark blue dorsal and sliver flanks. The upper jaw is not rounded but notched into which the tip of the lower jaw fits. Young fish have tiny teeth, while adults have none. It is found in the northern Atlantic from Scandinavia to Morocco and in the western Mediterranean.
Empanada with Shad
Photo by: Lord-Williams
[Anón/Huici.1966:352:144; Christensen. 1978:61-63; Corbera. 1998:79; ES: Lord. Medieval. "Furn." Sep 22, 14; Nola. 1989:lviii-3; and Villena/Calero. 2002:23a]
See blog titled "Furn," published September 22, 2014 for Nola's recipe for delicious shad pie.