One of the benefits of living in Florida is to enjoy Stone Crab. Stone Crab season opens October 15 each year and runs through May 15. The majority of Florida Stone Crab claws are commercially harvested off the southern tip of Florida’s peninsula, from the Florida Panhandle to Key West.
Here is some need to know information about stone crabs:
Stone crab is a Floridian delicacy and the meaty claws are delicious with sweet, succulent meat.
Most types of crab are served whole, but stone crab claws are served like shrimp cocktail cooked and cracked as a meaty finger food.
Stone crabs are known for their claws alone and the two front claws regenerate every three years if they are removed correctly. The legal size of the claw is 2.75” long. You can actually see a faint fingerprint-like marking on the last segment of the pincer. If the lines are unbroken, then it is the original claw. If the lines are broken, then it is a regenerated claw. Either way, it tastes amazing. As a stone crab ages, their body weight increases in the claws. An older male crab can have over half their body weight in their large claws.
Stone Crab Capital of the World
Believe it or not, there is a stone crab capital of the world located in a small south Florida town named Everglades City. It brings in 98% of Florida’s stone crab claws.
There are several festivals in Tampa Bay celebrating the start of stone crab season. Here are a few of them:
Frenchy’s 34th Stone Crab Weekend – October 26 – 28, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, Florida
Cooters Stone Crab Fest – October 25 – 28, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, Florida
John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival – October 25 – 28, 2018 in Madeira Beach, Florida
Get ready to enjoy a Florida delicacy!
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