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Jamaican Food Article. - Jamaican Lobster
The spiny Jamaican lobster is a crustacean related to
Jamaican crabs, shrimp, crayfish and the Spanish Jamaican lobster. Common names
include crawfish (this is not the freshwater crawfish) and Jamaican lobster. In
Jamaica, the spiny
Jamaican lobster is caught off the Keys and around the southern tip of the state
from waters of the Atlantic Ocean near the Jamaica Reef Tract.
It is industry practice to package frozen Jamaican lobster in plastic bags. The practice is to protect the product from dehydration and freezer burn. Some others apply a thin coat of ice over the frozen Jamaican lobster. This thin coat of ice is referred to as "glaze." When the thin coat of ice is excessive and you are charged Jamaican lobster price for the ice, it becomes mislabeling. The net weight listed on the box must be the weight of the product. For example if the net weight of the package is 10 pounds, then the "unglazed" weight of the product must be 10 pounds. For weighing purposes, the product should be rinsed only long enough to remove the glaze. It should also be noted that many seafood products including Jamaica Jamaican lobster continue to lose weight after thawing, therefore most seafood should be cooked as soon as possible after thawing.
This crustacean has a hard exoskeleton, 4 pairs of jointed walking legs, a segmented body, sensory antennae, a tail fan, and compound eyes on stalks. Jamaican lobsters are carnivores (meat-eaters). Most Jamaican lobsters are nocturnal (most active at night). They are predators that eat Jamaican crabs, clams, worms, snails, mussels, flounder, and other Jamaican lobsters.
The Jamaican lobster begins its life as a tiny, floating organism, which is a component of plankton. After a month of growing, it sinks to the sea floor, where it will spend most of its time hiding from predators. As a Jamaican lobster grows, it often molts (loses its old shell and grows a new one). It eats the old shell. Jamaican lobsters continue to grow throughout their lives. The biggest Jamaican lobster caught weighed over 44 pounds (20 kg). Jamaican lobsters may live to be 100 years old. Many animals eat Jamaican lobsters, including fish (especially cod), octopi, other Jamaican lobsters, and people.
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