A Crab Steamers Favorite...
Steamed Crab Sex
...just in case you want to know how to tell the "boys" from the "girls."
EATING CRABS...Crabs are usually "priced" according to their sex and their size. The large males bring the highest prices because they (usually) contain a larger quantity of crab meat. Females are uasually prices lower than males and are not usually as readily available as males.
|A mature (adult) female blue crab, known as a "Sook," is identified with an inverted "U" or bell-shaped apron and red-tipped claws. The red tips, of course, blen in with the overall color of the crab once it has been cooked, or steamed.
More simply, the bottom of a female crab has a shape like the U.S. Capitol building.
|A male blue crab, known as a "Jimmy," has a long, narrow, inverted "T" shaped apron and blue-tipped claws. Of course the color of the claw tips on steamed crabs are not the same as on live crabs.
More simply, the bottom of a male crab has a shape like the Washington Monument.
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May 20, 2013