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Shrimp Facts Part 1

Here are some fun and interesting facts about shrimp!

  • Shrimp are divided into three basic categories: cold-water or northern; warm-water, tropical, or southern; and freshwater.
  • Old-water shrimp are very small and do not have to be deveined before eating.
  • Shrimp are sold by count, which is expressed as a numerical range of shrimp per pound.
  • Shrimp can be served cold or hot once cooked
  • About 2000 species of true shrimps are known.
  • Shrimp is high in calcium and protein but low in food energy.
  • The aquaculture business for the cultivation of marine shrimp or prawns for human consumption began in the 1970s.
  • The largest shrimp-exporting nation is Thailand.
  • The female shrimps lay 50,000 to 1 million eggs, which hatch after some 24 hours into tinynauplii.
  • Most shrimp farms produce one to two harvests a year; in tropical climates, a farm may even produce three.
  • Prawns differ in theappearancefrom shrimps in having more slender abdomens and longer legs but the names are used synonymously incommercialtrade.
  • The largest buyer of shrimp is the United States, importing more than 500,000 tonnes in 2003.
  • To test a shrimp for freshness make sure they are dry and firm.

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