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Crawfish confusion

Jerome Northmooor | Apr 12, 2003 09:24 AM

Please straighten me out. I understand that we have basicly 2 types of crawfish here in the New Orleans area. Namely the Red Swamp crawfish and the River crawfish. The way I understand it, is that Red Swamp crawfish has the better flavor due to it's "swampy" taste as compared to the more bland river crawfish. Fine so far, but the confusion is this. I eat a swamp crawfish that has come from a small ditch in Houma and it taste completely different then one from the Honey Island Swamp. I belived that it was due to the environment. Cypress and willow swamp as opposed to reletive little vegetation. Still OK, but buy some farm/pond raised craw fish and the place they came from is a rice field. Then the swamp crawfish taste the same as the Honey Island swamp crawfish. To add to the confusion, get some Belle River Crawfish and many of those appear the same as Red Swamp Crawfish but they taste different?? Is it me or is there an explanation.? Thanks for any reply.

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