There are many crab varieties that live in
our waters. In fact there are over 4400 different varieties out there. However, there are some
specific species that we tend to eat more than others.
The main types of crab are known as
- Blue crab
- Dungeness crab
- Horseshoe crab
- Green crab
- King crab
- Peekytoe crab
- Peeler Crab
- Rock crab
- Snow crab
- Spider crab
- Stone crab
Some of these are consumed
more than others due to availability. None the less,
they all have distinct flavors and can make really tasty recipes.
These small blue crabs are not only unique and beautiful
looking but they are meant to be one of the favourite varieties of crab available. They are mainly caught
within the Mid Atlantic region and more specifically in Chesapeake Bay, all the way to Florida and along the
The Dungeness Crab, like the other crabs is delicious and
has the typical qualities such as low fat and plenty of Omega 3 oils. These crabs are very healthy and good
for the people on diets.
The European Green Crab is known as an invasive pest in
many parts of the world. However, this little creature is still edible and tastes
Horshoe Crabs are not very often on a menu. The eggs and
roe are edible, however, the meat is not.
The King crab is named the King Crab for a reason. Its huge
size rules over all crabs and provides some of the most tastiest crab dishes available. Due to these
properties, the King crab has been over fished in the past reducing the numbers by almost
The Peeler crab Indicates the present state of a Crab
undergoing a Moult. As crabs have hard shells, their growth is limited, thus certain kinds require a
moult. When Crabs are in this state, they are highly sought after for both fishing and
This crab lives within the Rocks, hence the name Rock
Crab. They also provide some good crab dishes and are more readily available.
The Snow crab is very popular these days among restaurants
and the food industry. Not only does it have a very sweet flavour but it is not as expensive as other crabs
due to the versatility and high numbers which are available.
The spider crab is a huge crab and can be eaten like any
The stone crab is unique and is identified by the very dark
claws which include red and yellow bands. They eat oysters thus have large claws for pinching. They are found
among oyster habitats, jetties and other rocky areas. This crab is also unique in the fact that only the
claws are eaten.
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