Salcombe Blue Lobster
Our Salcombe Blue Lobster is Wholesaled in the UK and Exported Worldwide.
Why Salcombe Lobster?
Because the waters around South Devon are so clean, they are rich in essential marine nutrients which in turn provides excellent food for the Lobster that live and breed there.
There are very strict rules regarding size of Lobster that is allowed to be landed and we adhere to these rigidly, this enables the shellfish to breed and grow year in year out. We also have a limit on the amount of days which we are allowed to fish in certain areas of the English channel.
Lobster (Homarus Gammarus)
Homarus Gammarus, known as the European lobster or common lobster, is a species of clawed lobster from the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and parts of the Black Sea.It may grow to a length of 60 cm (24 in) and a mass of 6 kilograms (13 lb), and bears a conspicuous pair of claws. In life, the lobsters are blue, only becoming "lobster red" on cooking. Mating occurs in the summer, producing eggs which are carried by the females for up to a year before hatching into planktonic larvae. Homarus gammarus is a highly esteemed food, and is widely caught using lobster pots, most production occurring around the British Isles.
These animals have been hunted since the beginning of history for their delicious meat, and there are stories of European Lobsters longer than 1 meter being caught in the past. Nowadays, though, even the largest specimen rarely exceed the length of 50 cm, weighing no more than 5 kilograms. European Lobsters are widespread in almost all European sea shores, as well as the Northern and Western part of Africa. The animal’s body consists of 19 parts, each covered with a strong chitin shell. Lobsters have five sets of legs, while the first two have transformed into strong claws, which are used to kill and tear apart food. European Lobsters are coloured dark brown to black, with small white spots on the claws and the lower part of the body.
During the day, the lobster hides in cliff gaps or sea caves. At night, the creature goes hunting, carefully and slowly moving at the bottom of the sea. With the strong chitin shell, the European Lobster is well protected from most predators. The only downside of this shell is that it does not grow – upon reaching a certain size, there is nothing left to do for the lobster but to drop the shell, under which a new one has already started developing. After changing the shell, the lobster often eats part of the old one, to acquire foodstuff that is in it.
Although the lobster’s claws are a dangerous weapon, the animal mostly feeds off carrion. Still, European Lobsters often attack snails, crabs and smaller fishes or even other lobsters if there’s a chance. The claws are used to rip apart animal shells or tear meat from the bones. One claw is smaller, more suited for holding the meat or chopping it into pieces, while the larger one is stronger and more capable of crushing shells and bones.
European Lobster females mate only when they have reached the age of 5-6 years. Mating occurs in summer, and the number of eggs increases from a few thousand at first to up to 150 000 later. The female carries the eggs around under the tail until they hatch – usually 9-12 months (it depends on the water temperature). About 7 mm long shrimp-like nymphs hatch and they immediately float to the surface of the water, becoming part of the plankton. For the first three weeks they feed on a variety of micro organisms, after which they go back to the bottom of the sea, where they drop their shell a few times before acquiring the looks of a mature individual. In total, European Lobster life expectancy is up to 20 years.
Health Benefits of Lobster
Lobsters are low in Fat and Cholesterol and high in Protein, so their meat is very beneficial for the Heart and healthy body function. Lobster meat is also high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which are essential for proper Brain and Heart function and also lowering Blood Pressure. Lobster meat can also be effective in preventing health problems such as Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Zinc found in Lobsters is essential for increasing Brain activity and boosting the Immune System.