The velvet crab is the largest swimming crab found in the UK with hair that feels like wet velvet texture when touched. It’s bright red eyes make for a fierce, fast-moving crab! The shell is softer than a brown crab and can be blended to add flavour to soups and stewed shellfish dishes.
They can be found across all coastlines of the UK and Ireland in areas where there is rocky and broken ground. They are also found in offshore waters down to depths of around 80 to 100 metres.
Prawn/Langoustine has large values of Iodine, proven to help pregnant and breastfeeding women through the mother’s milk in child development. Lodine is also thought to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Lobster contains as much protein as chicken. Easy to digest and premium quality. Brown crab is also low in calories and provides high levels of protein. Langoustines contain 6 times
Antioxidants such as selenium, zinc and vitamin E from langoustines can help ease symptoms associated with arthritis. This is 6 times more than contained in chicken.
Good for your heart
Crabs and lobsters are a rich source of Omega-3. 100g of crab meat provides 45% of your recommended weekly intake of Omega-3. Lobsters are a great source of Omega-3, 100g of Lobster provides you with 14% of your recommended weekly intake of Omega-3. (Source: Shellfish Association of Great Britain)
Omega-3 is the name for a type of fat found in oil-rich seafood. These fats cannot be made in the body so a dietary supply is essential – this can help protect the heart and are proven to reduce heart disease. They are also believed to reduce the risks of developing some forms of cancers.