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National Shrimp Day


Today is National Shrimp Day

May 10th is National Shrimp Day! It probably won’t surprise you to hear that Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood. And if you’re eating “prawns” – it’s the same thing. The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.” Though some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp. There are many ways to cook shrimp: baking, boiling, broiling, sautéing, frying and grilling.

And they’re HEALTHY! Shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system. So get creative and if you’re not familiar, think about trying one of these popular North America Shrimp Dishes:

  • Shrimp Cocktail: The Golden Gatewas the first to serve this .50 cent shrimp cocktail in 1959. It is now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists as well as the locals. The original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
  • Seafood Gumbo: A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, shrimp and crabmeat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
  • Shrimp DeJonghe: A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. It is served as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.

A few more fun-facts about Shrimp...

  • There are over 128 species of shrimp.
  • A shrimp can average about six-inches while the longest ever found was at 16-inches.
  • Most shrimp are omnivorous, but some are specialized for particular modes of feeding.
  • Shrimp are primarily swimmers, not crawlers.
  • Some shrimp can live as long as six and a half years, while some only live about a year or so.
  • There are 16 different stages of life are found in shrimp from egg to full adult.
  • Shrimp DANCE! To attract fish, cleaning shrimp wave their white antennae and do a little dance. Several shrimp species, known as cleaners, safely venture inside the open mouths of fishes to remove bloodsucking parasites.
  • Every shrimp is actually born a male and then become females as they mature.
  • The average shrimp has 10 legs.
  • The name for raw, uncooked shrimp is “green”.
  • The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.
  • Most shrimp are breeding machines - within hours after their eggs hatch, females are carrying a new batch of fertilized embryos.
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