When I was little in Mississippi, jumbo prawns were sold as fish bait, because they were considered to be unworthy of eating by human beings. I caught hundreds of bluegills, pumpkinseeds, crokers, green trout and other local fish by putting blobs of jumbo prawns on my hook.
Naturally, now I see in all of the stores that the bigger the prawn, the higher the price. My Chinese supermarket has the prawns divided into 6 different sizes, with ascending prices for ascending sizes.
And yet I still don't know if bigger is better or if bigger is worse.
We have extra large freshwater prawns here. Cheapest place to buy them is in Neak Luong on the Mekong (posted a pic of NL in my thread on going to Saigon) and even there they are a whopping 16USD/kg!!!
People even acknowledge the taste is not so good (I love 'em) but still you can get them at outrageous prices in the restaurants.
Native shrimp species in the Gulf of Mexico are being threatened by a non native species of giant tiger prawns. The tiger prawn is native to the western Pacific and is believed to have escaped from a facility in Bluffton,S.C. according to a U.S. Geological Survey.
Post by existentialcrisis on Nov 10, 2009 9:12:57 GMT
Well apparently prawns and shrimp are different. At least, according to Wikipedia...
And scampi is used in North America to refer to a certain preparation of food - usually of shrimp or traditionally Norway lobster, whatever that is. And I guess "scampi" traditionally refers to this Norway lobster. Confusing.
Well apparently prawns and shrimp are different. At least, according to Wikipedia... And scampi is used in North America to refer to a certain preparation of food .....
I haven't looked it up, but I am sure prawns & shrimp are two different, albeit similar, creatures. Yeah, you can see "shrimp scampi" on menus in the US, which sounds pretty silly, maybe somewhat like ordering "beef veal".