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Spot Prawns

johnandjane May 3, 2012 05:43 AM

I know the season's just begun - but I was hoping to get some for dinner tomorrow night... I'll call Bill's tomorrow - but if anybody sees them, can you post it here? I don't remember in past years, do we usually get them in Toronto right after the season begins?


  1. grandgourmand May 3, 2012 06:20 AM

    Was wondering that myself. Will look at the T&T flyer on Friday, maybe they'll get some in. I know Vancouver's spot prawn festival is on May 5 (at least I read that in the GLobe the other day). So would expect them after that.

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      Pigurd May 3, 2012 08:01 AM

      i think ive seen some in tanks at t&t and foody already. they did not seem very lively though... could they be some other type of live shrimp?

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        grandgourmand May 3, 2012 08:49 AM

        they could be another variety of "live" prawns. not spot prawns, perhaps.

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      scottl May 3, 2012 07:37 AM

      I have seen postings on spot prawns before. What is the difference in profile from, for example, PC frozen tiger shrimp?

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        jayt90 May 3, 2012 08:02 AM

        They are seasonal, sold live, fresh and sweet. Smaller than most tiger shrimp. Considered a spring delicacy.

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          johnandjane May 3, 2012 08:43 AM

          I talked to Bill's, they thought next week.... i'll check T and T tomorrow...

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        smfan May 5, 2012 05:47 AM

        T & T warden has them for $19.99 per lb.

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          grandgourmand May 5, 2012 06:58 AM

          Yeah, my wife bought some last night for my in-laws. They thoroughly enjoyed them. They should drop to $14.99/lb later in the season.

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            vil May 5, 2012 05:29 PM

            Good to know. Does anyone also know when the season ends?

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              Charles Yu May 5, 2012 06:17 PM

              West coast season ends around end of June. Florida varietal starts in late October early November.

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                vil May 5, 2012 09:03 PM

                Thanks, it looks like there is still plenty of time to try this. I am a big fan of the Maine shrimp but somehow have been missing out on this one.

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                  howo5 May 6, 2012 01:25 AM

                  I'm visiting from Texas and it's been about 7 years since I've had spot prawns. Any suggestion as to where I can get these at a good tasty price point at a restaurant?

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