The La Belle-Iloise St. Georges Sardines with Extra Virgin Olive Oil hails from Brittany, and is a truly excellent piece of work. Delicious tender fish is soaked in rich olive oil, giving it a slightly fruity taste. A beautiful balance of flavors, these sardines are soft, almost melting in your mouth in its tenderness.
These sardines are great for topping your toasts or open-faced sandwiches. Use them to make your sardine rillettes, or toss them into your salads. You can also include it in your savory tarts.
La Belle-Iloise Conserverie was founded in 1932 near Quiberon, a fishing port in Brittany, France. Georges Hilliet was a son of a fisherman, and it seemed a natural thing to work with something close to his heart. The easy access to the sea also guaranteed fish that was fresh and quality.
Hilliet opened a direct sales store in 1967, after firmly distancing himself from the pressures of mass distribution. In 1982, under the leadership of his sons Georges and Bernard, La Belle-Iloise Conserverie began distance selling (or mail order selling). By 2011, they had over 50 stores. This is, at its heart, a family business. And now, helmed by Bernard’s daughter, Caroline Hilliet Le Branchu, they continue to be at the top of their game, selling only the best quality canned fish.
Keep your canned sardines in a cool, dry, and dark area, like the pantry or a cupboard. Unopened, they will keep for about 1 year. Once opened, transfer into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Consume within 2 days.