Even though it was two days ago, I feel like I still have to comment about National Lobster Day because let's be honest, I love lobster more than life itself. While I didn't have the chance to scarf down a one and a half pounder drenched in butter, I did order a shrimp dish that evening, which contained a tomato lobster broth. I am actually headed to Maine this weekend, where I will be able to make up for my poor lobster consumption performance on the best national holiday in America. Bring on the hot lobster rolls...and chowder, and shrimp cocktail, and steamers, and slaw!
Lobster fun facts:
* Native Americans used lobster to fertilize their crops and bait their fish hooks.
* Lobsters used to be so plentiful they would reportedly wash up ashore in piles up to two feet high.
* Lobsters were routinely fed to prisoners, apprentices, slaves, and children during the colonial era and beyond.
* The first lobster pound was established in Vinalhaven, Maine in 1876.
* American lobsters - or Maine lobsters - can weigh up to forty pounds and grow up to three feet long.
* The largest lobster on record was caught off of Nova Scotia in 1988 and weighed forty four pounds.
* Lobster anatomy - brain in throat, nervous system in abdomen, teeth in stomach, and kidneys in head.
* When crowded in tight quarters, lobsters become cannibalistic - hence the rubber bands on their claws.
* Lobster meat contains fewer calories than an equal portion of skinless chicken breast.
* Lobster meat contains healthy omega-3 fatty acid, potassium, and vitamins E, B-12, and B-6.