Seafood: wives tales, folklore & facts
It seems that there are many beliefs associated with seafood. Where did they originate and are they in fact true?
My relatives are mostly from the eastern shore of Maryland. Some of the ideas I have, regarding seafood, came from that region. I never thought to question whether or not they were factual. What do you believe and have you ever questioned if there are any basis in fact, regarding that belief.
Some of the ones I have which may be common with everyone:
Never cook a dead crab.
Oysters should only be eaten in months with an "R".
If a clam or mussel doesn't close when handled, its dead.
If a clam or mussel doesn't open when cooked, throw it away.
If the tail of a crawfish doesn't curl when cooked, don't eat it.
Emeralds are real Gems! C. caninus & C. Batesii.