BROWN CRABS

11 April 2018

WHAT ARE BROWN CRABS?

Cancer Pagurus is the proper name for the humble Brown Crab (also known as the edible crab) which is in fact orange in colour with black claw tips. They have a pie crust shaped top so are very distinctive.

Fully grown they can be up to 20cm across.

They live in seaweed and rocks up to 100m depths.

They feed on smaller sea creatures.

They actually have teeth inside their stomachs to crunch up their food when it gets there.

They live in the North Sea, North Atlantic Ocean and in some parts of the Mediterranean.

SCOTTISH CRAB FISHING

In the north and west of Scotland brown crabs account for almost a third of the Scottish catch.

Over 10,700 tonnes of crab are caught in Scottish waters each year.

A large proportion of this catch is exported to southern Europe.

CRAB IS GOOD FOR YOU

Crab meat contains 3 times more selenium (an important antioxident) than cod and a whopping 12 times more than beef.

Crab meat is an excellent source of Omega 3 oils which protect the heart and help lower risks of cancers.

Crab meat contains selenium, protein, iron, phosphorous, Vitamin B2, copper, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

HERE IS A FUN RECIPE FOR CRAB PUFFS

  • 150g crab meat
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 egg to glaze

Preheat oven to 200C and line a baking sheet with baking parchment

Mix together all ingredients (apart from the pastry and egg) in a bowl

Roll out the pastry and cut it into 24 squares

Place a teaspoon of crab mixture into the middle of each square

Stir up the egg and paint a little around the edge of each square as a glaze

Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes till golden. Serve warm.

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