Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shrimp vs. Prawn?

We got a lot accomplished today.  Everyone is in the process of gathering their research and finishing their group or individual assignments.  Travel arrangements are in order.  We also contacted Linda Thornton to arrange meeting times.  For the first three working days we will be interviewing and shooting at Cardelli, Aqua Mar and Haney farms.  
We also learned a great deal about shrimp today.  Do you know what the difference between a shrimp and a prawn is?  Well, we sure do!  Our group had a healthy discussion on where we buy our seafood and if we prefer king prawns or jumbo shrimp.

The consensus of the group was while many of us enjoy shrimp cocktail, we don’t exactly know where our shrimp is coming from. Which is why, we’ve decided to trace the shrimp’s movement back to the source. Our first step is to go from the plate at a local restaurant to South Street Seaport market where it’s purchased. We want to see what decisions the buyers make when they choose the shrimp to be featured on the menus.  We plan to film them next week and will report back with our findings!

1 comment:

  1. Shrimp vs Prawn - Some Major Differences

    Generally, Shrimp are smaller than Prawn, but in some cases prawn can be small and shrimp can be big.
    Shrimp have claws only on two pairs of legs. While Prawn have claws on three pairs of their legs.
    Shrimp’s legs are shorter than Prawn’s legs.
    Prawn belong to the Dendrobranchiata and Shrimp belong to the Pleocyemata suborder of the Crustacean family.
    Prawns have lamellar gills while Shrimp have branching gills.
    Shrimp’s front pincers are bigger while Prawns have bigger second pincers.
    Prawn is semi-transparent, we can see its internal organs through the skin. But Shrimp are usually pigmented.
    Prawn lay their eggs while Shrimp carry their eggs during the entire breeding season.
    Prawn’s body is segmented. Shrimp’s body is comparatively flatter.
    Prawns have claws on three pairs of their legs, while Shrimp have claws on three pairs of their legs
    Shrimp is rich in vitamin D while Prawn is a rich in vitamin E.
    Shrimp are most often seen in the United States or Latin Anerican countries. While Prawns are usually common in Asia.
    Prawns have a stronger and more aromatic flavor and smell than Shrimp.
    Shrimps are typically harvested from salt water and Prawn from fresh water.