Early crabs: Prices down, quality up

Didn’t it feel like a mild winter? The crabs in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays think so, too. And as a result, they are scurrying out from their muddy beds earlier than usual — for your dining pleasure.

Fresh crab season has begun in earnest at Delaware’s seafood retailers and restaurants, even though it’s only mid-April. If you thought you’d have to wait until May or June to get quality soft-shells or crab cakes, you’re in luck.

“We have gotten, in the last two weeks, gotten started getting crabs. Last year it was June before we started getting Delaware crabs,” said Elva Burroghs, who with her husband Isaac owns Sambo’s Tavern, the Leipsic seafood spot. “They’ve been beautiful, absolutely beautiful. They’re full, and they’re sweet. Hard shells, from the Delaware Bay, already! And they’re good.”

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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