Lotsa Local Transexual Shrimp!
Although the season lasts out into October, this weekend I found an abundance of shrimp-y deliciousness, and at quite low prices. The so-called coonstripe shrimp ("dock" shrimp in Oregon) are in, sweet, full, good-sized, and easy to peel. The peelins' make excellent stock, too. Not exactly transexual, but protandrous hermaphrodite--by age 3 all these shrimp are female.
Found them fresh from the cooker at several places, ranging from $4.25/ to $5.95/pound.
No, two different species. Spots are pandalus platyceros and look like the second photo. Coonstripe shrimp are pandalus danae or p. hypsinosis, and look like the first photo. Here's a better shot of the coonstripe (weird can't edit to add photos): http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?...
Both very delicious.
It is currently in shrimping season on the Puget Sound. I was on the Hood Canal this last weekend and saw a lot of spotted shrimp come out of the water. If you can do it, there isn't much better than catching them and cooking them within 30 minutes. The season continues tomorrow, Saturday, next Wednesday, and Saturday in 2 weeks.
Any specific places where they're available raw? Fresh shrimp cries out for etouffee, but I've been reduced to paying $17/lb for oversized (~15 count; mere "jumbo" 21-25 count would be better) fresh wild Gulf shrimp from Whole Paycheck for this purpose.
Bonus points if they've got heads. Heads make the best stock.
This past weekend's finds were in Skagit County. But if you call either Sweet D's (360.293.2531) or Black Rock (360.293-2525), both near Anacortes, they may be able to help you.
Oh, yeah, the 5 lbs I bought all were with heads, and in the 20-count range.