National Crab Meat Day is celebrated on March 9 every year. This holiday celebrates the tasty goodness of crab meat and the delicious recipes that include this ingredient.
There is a large market for crab in America and an even larger market for imitation crab meat, which is used as a replacement for actual crab in many recipes. Imitation crab is preferred by a lot of people, but when it comes down to it, people love the soft, sweet flavor of crab meat, and nothing can replace the original.
History of National Crab Meat Day
National Crab Meat Day pays homage to the deliciousness of crab meat and its popularity across the country.
Crabs are crustaceans found in all the oceans of the world. They are covered with a hard shell, known as an exoskeleton, and usually have two claws known as pincers. One of these pincers is usually larger than the other. The claws also have meat and are one of the most flavorful and meatiest parts of the crab.
Some species of soft-shell crabs are eaten whole, including the shell, while with others only the legs and claws are edible. The roe or crab eggs are also a delicacy across the world, particularly in Southeast Asia. In America, Chesapeake Bay is the area where crab roe is primarily consumed.
Crab meat is known for its delicate, sweet flavor. So while there are recipes, particularly in Asia, where the meat is used in recipes that use a lot of spice, most American recipes for crab rely on the flavor of the meat itself. Alaskan crab, for instance, is cooked by boiling it with garlic and butter and not much else.
Crab is also a popular ingredient in American sushi, but because of the expense, most restaurants prefer to use imitation crab rather than actual crab since the flavor isn’t central to the experience in these recipes.
When it comes to fishing and fisheries, crabs account for 20% of all the crustaceans caught, farmed, or consumed. They are eaten all over the world in many different preparations, recipes, and methods.
National Crab Meat Day timeline
Japanese fishermen develop crab fisheries in Alaska and start bringing in small catches.
Having started in Alaska, the fisheries are now monitored and the catches are recorded in a more formal way.
Over time, the catches slow down, crab populations decline, and fisheries begin to shut down.
Although the populations can never go back to the same levels, crab populations in Alaska recover enough to allow for small fisheries.
National Crab Meat Day FAQs
Which state has the most crabs?
Maryland is the state with the most crabs in the country.
Why is crab fishing so dangerous?
Alaskan crab fishing is particularly dangerous because of the temperatures and the risk of hypothermia to the fishermen.
What is the hardest crab to catch?
King crab or snow crab fishing is the hardest among all crab fishing.
National Crab Meat Day Activities
Cook some crab cakes
Nothing embodies America’s love for crab meat as much as crab cakes, so get your ingredients together and make some.
Eat crab at a local seafood restaurant
Head over to a seafood place known for their fresh catch and get yourself some delicious Alaskan crab served with the simplest ingredients.
Go crab fishing
Catching crabs in a pot is a time-honored way of fishing for them, so head over to Florida or Alaska and catch yourself some crabs.
5 Incredible Facts About Crabs
There are different grades of crab meat
In the U.S., the grades of crab meat depend on the size of the crab, and the location where the crab comes from.
Imitation crab was invented by the Japanese
Almost 800 years ago, the Japanese invented the technique of mincing fish, which is used to make imitation crab meat today.
Crab exports are a big deal
The total value of crab exports from America comes to over 250 million U.S. dollars.
Some fisheries declaw crabs
This controversial practice involves declawing crabs and putting them back in the water, and is justified because some species of crab can regrow their claws.
Crab meat is very healthy
Crab meat is low in fat and high in folate, niacin, and zinc, which are all necessary nutrients for the human body.
Why We Love National Crab Meat Day
We love crab meat
We love to eat crab meat because it is sweet and delicious. This day is a great excuse to eat all the crab we can.
We want to cook crab
Crab meat is labor-intensive, but cooking it is simple. We want to make crab dishes for our friends and family.
We want to share the love
We want to share our love for crab meat with everyone. Now is a good opportunity to get more people to eat this delicious meat.
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