Herring has been an important part of the economy since ancient times, serving as a currency, a gift and even a ransom. The first herrings for a long time were only food of nobility and the courtiers, their servants. In 1808, the herring has left the Baltic Sea. Since the use of herring in Lithuania was also determined by the Catholic tradition of fasting, this product became very scarce. Currently, herring is the fish without which the advent and the traditional Christmas Eve table are unimaginable. Sauerkraut "juice" poured on fresh herring is a delicious dish of Samogitians.
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