FOOD STUFF FUN FACTS


Lobster


  1. The Clawed Lobster most commonly called a Main Lobster is the largest of all lobsters. They can weigh in at more than 40 pounds and reached a length of almost three feet.


  1. Lobsters can live for fifty or more years. The largest lobster ever caught was approximately hundred years old. An average one pound lobster is about seven or eight years old.


  1. Lobsters can regenerate. Specifically they are capable of growing new legs and claws.


  1. Lobsters can come in many different colors, from blue, light yellow, greenish-brown, grey, orange, calico, rarely white and some even have spots. The are only red when cooked.


  1. Lobsters today are considered a delicacy, in Colonial times they were considered “poor man’s food” and served only to children, prisoners and indentured servants.


  1. This crustacean has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 100 million years, despite their unusual build. Its brain is in its throat and its nervous system is in its belly. They listen with their legs and taste with their feet. Plus, their teeth are in their stomach and their kidneys are in their head.


  1. Despite its rich, buttery taste, it is a low-calorie, low-fat source of protein: 3.5 ounces of meat has only about 96 calories and less than 2 grams of fat. Succulent and good for you? How many foods can you say that about?


  1. Many people believe that lobsters are cannibalistic and feed on one another. Well, this is only half-true. They normally feed on sea creatures that thrive on the bottom of the ocean like crabs, clams, snails and mussels. However, they do feed on tinier lobsters.


  1. There are two kinds of lobsters: the American lobster which is found in Maine and Alaska and the spiny lobster generally found in Florida, California and the Caribbean. The American lobster has claws on the first four legs. This is missing in the spiny lobster. However, the spiny lobster has got a pair of horns above the eyes. All lobsters have five pairs of legs.


  1. Lobsters shed their shells to reveal new larger shells. This process is called molting and is necessary to enable them to grow. The new shell is pretty soft. It may also take some time to harden. To hasten this process the lobster eats the old shell to replenish any lost minerals. Most lobsters molt once a year. Younger lobsters may molt even twice a year while older lobsters don't molt frequently. Perhaps, once every two or three years.


  1. Have you ever been to a restaurant and wondered whether they've served you fresh lobster? Here's how you can find out. If the lobster was still alive when cooked, its tail will be curled. On the other hand, a dead lobster's tail remains straight, as its elasticity is lost. When dipped into boiling water, the live lobster curls its tail.



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