Okay, so no visit to Florida is complete without a huge plate of Stone Crab. The state of Florida is known for many things; miles of beautiful pristine beaches, wonderful Spanish architecture, amazingly gorgeous, posh homes, and world class theme parks. But to the foodie, Florida’s stone crabs are to die for! This week’s Gastronome Wednesday ~ Florida Stone Crab will have your mouth watering…

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Florida Stone Crab

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Gastronome Wednesday ~ Florida Stone Crab

It’s scientific name is Menippe Mercenaria, but to seafood lovers around the world it’s Stone Crab. Found in waters from Connecticut to Belize, these delectable, sweet seafood delights are done best throughout Florida.

In season and best fresh caught from October to May, this seafood delicacy is a must when visiting Florida. Steamed and served with a bit of butter and lemon the claws, chocked full of meat are the best part. The remaining crab can be used for seafood stock; perfect for sauces and soups and chowders.

As a frequent visitor to Florida, (I’m a beach-a-holic) I have yet to find a place that doesn’t’ do it right. From little cafes to fine dining, a plate full of these claws makes the perfect snack, dinner and hell, let’s face it, I wouldn’t turn it down for breakfast!

Why does Florida serve the best stone crab? I’m not really sure, it might be the water, the alkaline in the surrounding ocean, the love the people who cook them put into each pound; probably the later!

I’ve had stone crab in other states and even other countries but it just isn’t the same. In my opinion FLORIDA DOES IT BEST!

 

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