Dover Sole - Although the White Cliffs of Dover have inspired scores of poems and songs, make no mistake: It’s the delicate Dover sole found in the waters below the cliffs that have inspired the palates of fish-gourmands worldwide.
Dover sole are prolific fish. Bottom-feeders that swim along the ocean floor and can grow to over 2 feet long, they often live as long as 58 years. Just as delicious as they are long lasting, Dover sole are among foodies’ most sought after fish.
In fact, because they’ve become so popular, there are fewer sole being fished out of the waters near the English Channel these days, and more from fish farms in the Netherlands, as well as from other European waters, including the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The tasty flounder, however, still bears the name of the English port where the most sole were caught during the 1800’s.