The number one Jimmy crabs are male crabs that are full of meat and typically the most sought after crabs.   You can identify the male crabs by the bluish color on the tip of the claws.  You can also identify the male crabs by looking at the bottom side or belly of the crab.  The bottom apron is the shape of the Washington monument.  This shape is totally different from the females.  (please refer to #3 Sook Crabs).  The #1 Jimmy typically has a darker, older looking shell and sometimes has what looks like rust on the bottom of the shell.  Valued for the meat they contain, they are considered the crabs of summer. Additional research by Alexis Blair. While all the crabs caught are the same species, the difference is the way in which the crustaceans are cooked. | July 2014. While some crab-lovers say female meat tastes sweeter, many shy away from eating females to encourage reproduction. “The crabs from our waters are steam-cooked,” says Andy Hoffman, owner of Pikesville’s Gourmet Again. The crab starts off life as a little egg which hatches and gives rise to a zoea which soon turns into a megalopa which looks a lot like a mini lobster. The flavor-packed spheres come from the female crab and turn bright orange after cooking. There, however, the crab is invasive. Crabs, like these red rock crabs, often engage in a premating hug in which the male will wrap his claws and legs around the female. Sponge Crabs – The sponge crab is a female crab that has been mated and is carry eggs under her apron.  She will typically carry over two million eggs.  Due to sea predators only 1or 2 eggs of the over two million eggs will ever make it to be a blue crab. That being said, it’s time to educate. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Baltimore Magazine. In addition, live females have red-tipped claws, while male claws are blue. My family usually buys male crabs so I have limited experience with females vs males but encountered a very heated debate at work today about personal preferences. You can also identify the male crabs by looking at the bottom side or belly of the crab. In addition, live females have red-tipped claws, while male claws are blue. A male blue crab’s apron is long and has a pointed tip, which is often facetiously called the “Washington Monument” by watermen. Written by Jane Marion and Karen Nitkin. Crab pot:An enclosed framework of wire with four openings. They're packed full and heavy, but the sweet taste isn't there. There are no upcoming events at this time. The mustard is an organ that helps the crab filter impurities in its blood. In the summer, ask your seafood dealer for female crabs; in the spring, ask for male crabs. Roe is often steamed until it solidifies, then served as a salty garnish on Asian dishes. I also explain some basics of hermit crab anatomy. Whether coddled into cakes, picked over paper, or transformed into savory salads, these sidestepping sweeties fill us with local pride in all their glorious incarnations. #4 Sally Crabs – The Sally crabs or “she crab” are the immature female crabs which means they cannot mate, or carry eggs.  They also have an orange color on the tips of the claw like the #3 Sook Crabs.  They can be identified by looking at the bottom of the crab.  The apron on the bottom is the shape of a triangle or pyramid.  The sally crab has not yet mated and has not yet carried eggs.  She will be mated after she sheds her hard outer shell. This process, called Discard any dead ones. Watch fingers! Can’t get enough crabs? But much as crabs can lead to innumerable pleasures on the plate, there’s a lot to know about cooking, cleaning, and consuming them. In this video I show the easiest and most reliable way to tell if your hermit crab is male or female. Pre-bait 6,000 feet of trotline with bull lips, Razor clams, chicken necks, salted eel, and other crab munchies. (Remember, 300 pots per day is the legal limit.) Female crabs carry eggs under the apron, which becomes distended as eggs mature. 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