A trip to the local Asian market recently featured live Dungeness crab at $4.99/lb. I was surprised to see this, as live Dungeness are not yet in season in the USA. Crab season in the USA generally comes in late Fall, Winter and early Spring, (however these crabs were imported from Canada).
I had thought that the Dungeness crab season occurred during the colder time of year because of the colder waters which produced crabs that are meatier, heavier, and more full of body fat. Although tempted to buy, I was afraid to waste my money on them fearing that these crabs had little meat in their shell, and were also of an inferior meat quality than when compared to that of a colder time of the year. Is my reasoning sound? If my reasoning behind crab season (and perhaps the California Spiny lobster season) were true, then why would the same qualities not hold for Maine lobster (which is sold year around)?