Ahh, lobster. These days it’s regarded as a delicacy, something you treat yourself to during dinner out or a special occasion at home. But it wasn’t always that way—far from it. At one point, lobster was regarded as the poor man’s chicken. During the Colonial era, the lower class ate lobster because it was all they could afford. Lobster was even fed to pigs and goats as slop.
And now, lobster is so valuable that stealing a catch out of someone else’s lobster traps is a felony. Nope, not a misdemeanor, a felony—lobster fishing is a high-stakes game! My, how times have changed…
This is just a sampling of the 100 bizarre and surprising facts about lobster that our team compiled recently. When we work in the restaurant, we have a lot of fun exchanging these little-known facts about our pincered friends, and eventually we came up with so many that we had to share the best ones with you. A couple more of our favorites:
- Lobsters in the wild aren’t red – they only turn red from heat when you cook them. Ever seen a blue lobster? They’re out there.
- Lobsters taste better after they’ve just molted. They’re still growing, which makes the meat more tender.
- In the absence of another food supply, lobsters make like the Donners and cannibalize the weakest members in their group. Tough break, baby lobsters.
Check out our 100 lobster facts page to learn more about this strange-looking animal with an even stranger history. And if you start to hanker for a lobster dinner, we ship native New England lobsters overnight—order one today and enjoy a homemade feast tomorrow night!
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