We most commonly have to source our shellfish from many far flung regions around the world so when we have the opportunity to market a very local product we are really thrilled especially when the product happens to be one of Norfolk’s finest!
Our ‘Cromer’ crabs are caught off the North Norfolk coast using small day fishing boats and baited crab pots. Commercial crab fishing has existed in this region since the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century and Cromer is now synonymous with Cromer Crab. The type of crabs are ‘Brown crabs’ these crabs are most commonly fished off the Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire coast and many visitors to the seaside resorts of East Anglia will have already tried them ‘dressed’ but they are equally delicious used in a recipe such as bisque, souffle, paté or simply baked. Brown Crab is known to be one of the ‘sweetest’ tasting crabs available to eat. About a third of the weight of an adult crab is edible meat, of which one third is white meat, from the claws, and two thirds brown meat, from the body. Edible male crabs referred to as cocks and females as hens. Cocks have more sweet white meat and hens more rich brown meat.
Crab is an excellent addition to a healthy diet. It is naturally high in Vitamin B2, Phosphorous and Selenium. Vitamin B2 contributes to normal red blood cell formation and energy-yielding metabolism. Phosphorous contributes to normal bone formation, while Selenium contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Or Brown crabs are a species of crab most commonly found in the North Sea, North Atlantic Ocean. They are easily identifiable from a characteristic “pie crust” edge and claws and legs which are black tipped. A fully grown crab an grow up to 250 mm and weigh up to 3 kg.
There are a number of fishing restrictions that apply to the Brown crab. It is illegal to catch “berried” crabs, as these are generally females carrying eggs, and there are strict minimum landing sizes, governed by the UK government and the EC. These vary depending on the fishing area. The Norfolk coast where ours are caught has a minimum landing size of there 115 mm. In other regions it varies up to 160mm for a male in the Isles of scilly.