What is the common pandora?

Pandora, also known as common pandora, is a fish of the family Sparidae. It has an oval profile and a pointy snout, and  between 20 and 50 cm in length; the larger adults can weigh on average 400 grams. It owes its name to the color of the scales, ranging from pink to light red, with many varying shades. The bream populates the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean and you can find it, albeit more rarely, in the Black Sea. In Italy it is very common off the coast of Sicily. The scientific name is Pagellus centrodontus.


What are its nutritional properties?

100 grams of pandora provide 101 calories broken down as follows:

  • 83% protein
  • 17% lipids


In particular, 100 grams of pandora provide:

  • 79 g of water
  • 21 g of protein
  • 1.9 g of lipids
  • 35 mg cholesterol
  • 690 mg of potassium
  • 4.3 mg Iron
  • 34 mg calcium
  • 22 mg Magnesium
  • 1.6 mg of zinc
  • 0.4 mg of copper
  • traces of vitamin C


When should you not eat pandora?

To date there are no known interactions between the consumption of pandora and the intake of drugs or other substances.


Seasonality of pandora

Fishing for pandora is done all year round. It is particularly widespread off Sicily.


Possible benefits and drawbacks of pandora

Because pandora meat is low in fat (101 calories per 100 grams of product), they are found in low-calorie diets or for those suffering from high cholesterol. The common pandora contains many high biological value protein (21 grams per 100 grams) and therefore its consumption is particularly suitable for children and the elderly.


The high potassium quantities (essential mineral for the human body to maintain the water balance and blood pressure, to adjust the neuromuscular excitability and the rhythm of the heartbeat) and iron (essential for a proper oxygenation of all the body) distinguish this fish from the mineral content point of view, especially regarding magnesium.


Attention must be given to the consumption of pandora from the person’s family history regarding allergies to this fish.