Real Conserveira brings canned tuna back into limelight
Two traditional tuna treats – ‘muxama’ and ‘estupeta’ – have been launched by Real Conserveira, a new brand from the Eastern Algarve that combines the “history of Vila Real de Santo António’s fish canning industry and the flavours of Castro Marim”.
The project is led by Miguel and Sandra Guerreiro, a young couple from Altura who want to preserve these traditional products, which are still a staple at many restaurants in the Eastern Algarve but have become relatively “forgotten” elsewhere. Bringing these culinary delights back to the tables of Portuguese families is one of their goals.
In a nutshell, ‘muxama’ is a kind of smoked tuna. It is often described as the ‘presunto of the sea’, a dried, salty and smoky thick slice of tuna that can be eaten on its own, on bread, with a bit of olive oil or in a salad.
On the other hand, ‘estupeta’ is made from the trimmings of ‘muxama’ and is preserved in salty water. It is an especially popular ingredient in salads.
The project is still in an “initial phase” to assess how clients react to the products. The couple will be taking part in the ‘Mercadinhos de Verão’ summer markets in Altura and will show visitors how to use the ingredients and cook them alongside other local ingredients.
Real Conserveira’s products can be ordered online. The ‘muxama’ and ‘estupeta’ cost €14.99 and €12.99, respectively.