I hadnt eaten it for many years until the other day, and I had forgotten how nice it was.
Similar to crab only there was more meat in it, and what a delight eating with fingers as per the article link!!
I love most seafoods.
We used to go yabbying, or crawbobbing as some people like to call it in the dam at my grandparents house. I think they sent us out to keep us occupied because all we were equipped with was a bucket, a string line with a piece of meat attached and a small net to scoop them up once we lured them to the shore.
We used to bring home what I considered to be a yabby feast, we'd boil them up and eat them straight from the pot.
They were mean and cranky and you had to watch out they didn't bite you with those nasty claws but crawbobbing is some of my favourite childhood memories.
Well, looking at the photo, I now have no idea. For one who does not like fish, I am a bit odd, as I like lobster and Moreton Bay Bugs. I had the idea that yabbies were tiny . . . but what would a fish disliking Pom know?! LOL
I haven't eaten yabbies, but I have seen them in a dam, somewhere in S.A. near Oodnadatta, in about 2000. I have eaten a Balmain Bug, many years ago, & it was indeed yummy. Someone sent me some photos in an email of a large dam of yabbies, but I've never learnt how to put a photo into an email!, but Rice tried to explain it to once!
I have but not fussed on it. Would rather have the Balmain Bug as pictured which tastes much nicer. I often buy the frozen bug meat from Black Wattle Bay fish markets. That way I have it on hand and it works out to be more cost effective than buying the cooked ones.
Yabbies to me are little tiny crustaceans that are used as bait on a hook. The crustacean you are holding looks a bit like a Moreton Bay Bug to me. Funny isn't it to learn the different names we have for similar creatures.
I have eaten Moreton Bay Bugs and they are tasty.
My sister used to catch blue clawed Crawchies, no idea of spelling sorry, in her fresh water dam in Central Qld. They were pleasant texture and fairly bland flavour , that took on the flavour of the sauce. They looked like a big yabbie.