Swimming Crab or Velvet Swimcrab

The Velvet Swimcrab is a seafood that belongs to the group of crustaceans “Braquiuros”. They have five pairs of legs, two of them are front forceps and their hind legs have the peculiarity of finishing in a kind of blade that allows them a rapid movement through the water. If it is of Galicia, its shell is hexagonal and its color is greenish brown, with a surface covered with “velvet” that disappears with the cooking, when it acquires the reddish tone. It is one of the most delicate and appetizing seafood and its meat is exquisite. The female can be distinguished from the male by having a wider and rounder abdomen than the male, which is triangular and pointed.
It lives between rocks near the coast and is captured with pots and to a lesser extent with trammel. It must be taken into account that it is subject to closures and that it is forbidden to catch and sell nécoras with roes.
If it is “in food” the male is as rich as the female. To prevent the legs from falling, you must cook them correctly. If they are alive, put them in cold water and if they are dead in hot water, just time and with a bay leaf.

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