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where do soft-shell crabs come from when they aren't in season?

phoenikia Mar 7, 2008 11:32 AM

Where are the soft-shell crabs that are used year-round coming from?

I realize soft shell crab season takes place in May/June/July for the East Coast, but I'm curious to find out where the soft shell crabs that are used in spider rolls year-round are coming from. Are they being imported from Asia?

  1. Pollo Mar 7, 2008 11:43 AM


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    1. re: Pollo
      phoenikia Mar 7, 2008 11:53 AM

      But where do they come from before they've been frozen? Are there enough American soft-shell crabs available for freezing to meet the demands of North American spider roll eaters yearround?

      1. re: phoenikia
        applehome Mar 7, 2008 10:00 PM

        From wikipedia:

        "With the blue crab in cold waters this molting is highly seasonal and usually lasts from early May to July. Demand for this delicacy has increased with the use in Japanese and other cuisines, so that the mangrove crab has been used as an alternative source from Asia. Because mangrove crabs grow in tropical muddy flats all year round, such swamps provide a continual source of soft-shell crabs. In warmer waters such as the Gulf of Mexico, soft-shell crabs are available for longer periods. The crabs continue to molt throughout the year, but in smaller numbers, sometimes making it unprofitable to fishermen to maintain traps through those periods."

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