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Lobster - My Favorite Seafood

Are you the one of seafood lovers? I also like it because I think seafood is very yummy and also distinguished from meat both taste and nutrition fact. Although it's still animal and is excluded in a vegetarian diet, seafood is an important source of protein in many diets around the world, especially in coastal areas. However, I'm sure that you will know one kind of wonderful aquatic animals I want to recommend today, that's Lobsters.

Lobster Dish
Photo: Koro Sun

Lobsters are economically important as seafood, forming the basis of a global industry. As you may know that it's pricey, but many people still be pleased to pay for it. Therefore, it makes me suspect in the noteworthiness of lobsters and want to know about the fact I've never seen before. Also, I'd like to pass to you all interesting information I accumulated.

Begin with the general info of lobsters, you can found lobsters in all the oceans of the world. They live on rocky, sandy, or muddy bottoms from the shoreline to beyond the edge of the continental shelf. They are invertebrates, with a hard protective exoskeleton with 10 legs and the front ones adapted to claws. Lobsters typically eat live food, consisting of fish, mollusks, other crustaceans, worms, and some plant life. Although clawed lobsters, like most other arthropods, are largely bilaterally symmetrical, they often possess unequal, specialized claws, like the king crab.

In general, lobsters are 25 cm to 50 cm long and move slowly by walking on the bottom of the sea floor. However, when they flee, they swim backwards quickly by curling and uncurling their abdomen.

Lobster by Nanuya Island Resort
Photo: Nanuya Island Resort

There are many clawed lobster species in the world like Cape lobster, American lobster, European lobster, Andaman lobster, Australian scampi, Caribbean lobster, New Zealand scampi, Japanese lobster and so on. For today, I'd like to delve only into American lobsters which found on the Atlantic coast of North America. They commonly range from 20 cm to 60 cm in length and ½ kg to 4 kg in weight. Moreover, its life cycle is also fabulous. For instance, they molt two to three times per year while juvenile, but only once a year or less often when fully mature, which is about four to seven years old. Females usually mate right after molting, but mating in between molts, known as intermolt mating, can occur. Larger females can store sperm for several batches of eggs from a single coupling. All females store the sperm to fertilize eggs later, not at the time of copulation.

Another crucial part of my purpose for today is gastronomy. Firstly, you should know that lobsters are sold with claws banded to prevent them from injuring each other or people. They cannot open claws when banded, which causes the claws to atrophy. You can prepare and cook when it alive. I've ever seen one restaurant in Hong Kong cleaved lobster into two parts but it was wriggling for a while before died. For American lobsters, they commonly boiled or steamed; for either method, keeping them alive until they are cooked can help avoid food poisoning so it could be one of the reasons why it's costly, the restaurant have to pay for the tank with vary seasonally cost. Many restaurants in each country cook lobsters in variety of recipes, not only cook the live lobster in boiling water or steam but it also served freezing, fried, grilled, or baked.

Furthermore, do you know that lobster is very low in fat but not suitable for low sodium diets? If you don't know about the nutritional value of it, read the following fact. It contained Protein, too much for Vitamin B2 and B6, Vitamin B3 and B5, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc and least fat.

Lobster Tail
Photo: rpslee

Anyway, I believe that you've already known further about this interesting seafood that I mentioned more or less. If you are looking for some lobster dish, I suggest you to find some famous restaurant for this dinner. Also, you can search in the internet for more information about lobster recipe or restaurant. I'm sure that's better than just imagine and drool with your PC. So, can buy your lobsters online from FineLobster.com as well.

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