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« on: June 25, 2011, 02:50:04 PM »

I'm a newbie, so please forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place.

I'm down here on the MS Gulf Coast visiting in-laws and we were eating boiled crabs. (Yum!) I'm no crab expert, but a couple of people seemed to be using the term "fat" to describe two different things: the firm orange colored roe or eggs in the females, and also the soft, yellow colored material that is similar in appearance and texture to sea urchin that you might order at a sushi bar.

So my questions are:

1. Is the yellow stuff actually fat, or is it some kind of organ?
2. Is there nutritional information available for the crab roe, the yellow stuff, or both? 
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011, 04:33:50 PM »

Before we tell you what it is....

Do you like it???
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011, 06:23:58 PM »

http://www.bluecrab.info/cooking_faq.htm
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 02:58:39 AM »

.....AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH "SPONGE" CRABS???  veryangry2 veryangry2 veryangry2
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 06:40:35 AM »

I'm a newbie, so please forgive me if I'm posting this in the wrong place.

I'm down here on the MS Gulf Coast visiting in-laws and we were eating boiled crabs. (Yum!) I'm no crab expert, but a couple of people seemed to be using the term "fat" to describe two different things: the firm orange colored roe or eggs in the females, and also the soft, yellow colored material that is similar in appearance and texture to sea urchin that you might order at a sushi bar.

So my questions are:

1. Is the yellow stuff actually fat, or is it some kind of organ?
2. Is there nutritional information available for the crab roe, the yellow stuff, or both? 



.....AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH "SPONGE" CRABS???  veryangry2 veryangry2 veryangry2
Don't think he was refering to Sponge Crabs.

Anyway Sponge crabs are (mostly) legal catch in VA...  Maybe there in MS too....

"*  Dark sponge (brown through black coloration) crabs must be returned to the water alive and not altered or destroyed in any manner during the period of March 17 thru June 30; however, a tolerance of 10 dark sponge crabs per bushel is allowed [4 VAC 20-370-20]."

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2011, 08:03:12 AM »

.....AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH "SPONGE" CRABS???  veryangry2 veryangry2 veryangry2

I am not sure he was referring to sponge crabs.
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2011, 12:47:09 PM »

Jack,I thought there were no crabs in Virginia!  laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011, 12:51:13 PM »

Why would anyone want a sponge crab?, and since the crab population is being "managed" by DNR why would they let you keep a female with eggs,isn't that just depleting the population even more?
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2011, 12:39:29 PM »

Before we tell you what it is....

Do you like it???

Yup, the hepatopancreas is very tasty, IMO.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2011, 12:42:39 PM »


Thank you! I imagine that information about the nutritional content of the roe and hepatopancreas isn't readily available.
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 12:49:51 PM »

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These were not sponge crabs. They were blue crabs caught off the MS Gulf Coast.
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2011, 01:13:11 PM »

Why would anyone want a sponge crab?, and since the crab population is being "managed" by DNR why would they let you keep a female with eggs,isn't that just depleting the population even more?

My brother-in-law bought the crabs from a local fisherman. We didn't know we were doing anything wrong.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2011, 01:32:44 PM »

I am not sure he was referring to sponge crabs.

I think there's some confusing terminology being used here. I googled "sponge crab" and found that it's a common name for a certain family of crabs--the Dromiidae family--that carry what looks like a sponge on its back for camouflage. But I also found that any egg-bearing female crab is sometimes called a "sponge crab."

I was interested in the legalities related to egg-bearing female crabs and found this site maintained by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/Fisheries/crabbing.htm

It says: "Should you catch a sponge (egg-bearing) crab, the law requires you to return it to the water immediately." 
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2011, 02:45:50 PM »

I think there's some confusing terminology being used here. I googled "sponge crab" and found that it's a common name for a certain family of crabs--the Dromiidae family--that carry what looks like a sponge on its back for camouflage. But I also found that any egg-bearing female crab is sometimes called a "sponge crab." 

This is a blue crab site, so we were talking about the latter.
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 05:19:28 PM »

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females have eggs inside them too  Wink  just an fyi before you jump down someones throat. Shocked
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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2011, 05:22:40 PM »

Yup, the hepatopancreas is very tasty, IMO.



I still think there is 2 different types of " mustard'... jmo   the mustard in the corners is fat and I'm stickin to it no matter what some biologist says...

....so how can crabs live with no hepatopancreas?  because they all dont have it !!! thats my point Wink
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