A bit of a seafood aficionado? Then you’re probably someone who loves a bit of lobster – one of the most decadent and delicious seafood items that money can buy.
Often served up with lemon and butter, the lobster may not look very pretty when it’s crawling around on the sea floor – but as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover; and with those spindly legs and little eyes, there’s certainly no doubt that the humble lobster tastes a whole lot better than it looks!
Lobster day is a great day to celebrate the delicious goodness of our favorite creepy crustacean, learn more about its life and honor the fishermen who help to bring the creature to our dinner plates.
The History of Lobster Day
Lobsters can last an awfully long time in the wild – longer than you might think! – if they aren’t scooped up to be made into something tasty. It’s estimated that they can live up to a massive 50 years, although aging them correctly is a little tough.
They are omnivores, which means they are quite happy to tuck into plants and other ocean-dwellers alike. They also tend to much on their own skin after they molt – waste not, want not.
Today, lobster is considered a luxury food – served up in soup, rolls, or simply with lashings of warm butter. However, it wasn’t always like this; once upon a time, lobster was far from a pricey and sought-after foodstuff.
Prior to the mid 19th century, lobster was usually only eaten by servants or those considered to be from within the lower echelons of society. It was even served up in prisons quite frequently – allegedly, much to the complaints of the prisoners – and in some places, it was even considered to be best used for fish bait or as fertilizer. How times have changed!
How to Celebrate Lobster Day
These days, you don’t have to go too far to find a restaurant that will serve up lobster for you to try. Whether that be in a lobster roll, lobster soup or – if you’re feeling really decadent – the whole lobster itself!
If you go buy a lobster yourself to rustle up something tasty, there’s plenty of simple recipes to give a go. Served up with some vegetables and some warm crusty bread, you can’t go far wrong! Be sure to treat yourself today, just watch out for those great big claws!