All About Shrimp
Bite size to "colossal", shrimp come in a variety of sizes. In fact there are more than 300 different species of shrimp. In some places, shrimp are called
prawns and often the term prawn is used to describe the larger varieties of shrimp. Though similar, there are differences between shrimp and prawns
including differing gill structures and egg-brooding methods.
Nutritionally, shrimp are a good source of protein, and at the same time, are relatively low in fat and calories. They are also a good source of vitamin
B12 and omega-3 fatty acids that have recently been hailed for their anti-inflammatory effects and ability to prevent heart disease and the formation of
Some people have expressed concerns over the high cholesterol content of shrimp. However, while shrimp are high in cholesterol they are low in
saturated fat. Saturated fat is the type of fat that causes human cholesterol levels to raise leading to health risks, including cardiovascular diseases.
In comparison, meat and dairy products, which are also high in protein, are often high in saturated fat.
Know Your Shrimp
When sold in stores, shrimp is often labeled by its variety like tiger or gulf. Some are farm raised and some are wild and there are cold and warm
water varieties. They are usually also labeled by their "count." The count denotes the average number of shrimp per pound in a particular size
category. Extra small shrimp are labeled 61/70 and have an average of 65 shrimp per pound. Large are 31/35 count. Jumbo are 21/25 count and
colossal shrimp range under 15 per pound.
Depending on how you're going to serve them, there's a shrimp for every recipe. The smaller sizes are ideal for popcorn fried shrimp and are great in
pasta recipes and gumbo. The medium to large sizes are versatile and can be used in just about any recipe. Jumbo, extra large, colossal, giant; call
them what you will, the truly large varieties of shrimp are ideal for grilling and shrimp cocktail.
Size isn't everything with shri