Lobster Facts Come in Waves
Lobsters are perfect on a dinner plate! Loaded with melted butter and sprinkled in tasty herbs or enjoyed dipped in jerk seasoning on a beach in Jamaica, mmmm… But have you ever wondered exactly what goes down on the seabed with these snappy shellfish? Seeing as everyday is a shellfish day, here are 6 super interesting things you never knew about lobsters.
Lobsters didn’t use to be anywhere near as expensive as they are today. They were fed to goats and pigs and only eaten by the poor. In the colonial era they were even fed to prisoners as they were so plentiful. As they became more in demand and less available, prices rocketed.
Larger than Life
Literally… Scientists are convinced that lobsters would continue to grow forever if their life span allowed it. The largest lobster ever caught weighed 44 pounds and was estimated to be around 100 years old!
Lobsters can re-grow lost limbs which is probably a good thing seeing as there is a lot of competition amongst predators in the open seas. It may take up to 5 years for a lobster’s claw to grow to the same size as it was before but it is possible.
Lobsters chew with their stomachs. They have a walnut sized stomach behind their eyes and they use their ‘gastric mill’ to process their food.
Lobster meat is an amazing source of protein because it contains up to 28 grams per cup. They are also an excellent source of Omega 3 which is amazing for heart health.
Lobsters aren’t red in the wild, they are actually a brownish green colour and some are even bright blue! They turn red when they are cooked because the heating breaks the bond between the protein and pigmentation in the shell.