Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis shrimp, or shako, is also known as “gasa-ebi” in Aomori prefecture. Though the term “ebi” means shrimp, mantis shrimp is not in the same decapod order as shrimp, but belongs in the stomatopoda order.

Mantis shrimp is one of the three main local specialties during the spring of the Tsugaru region, along with togekuri-gani (helmet crab) and the once luxurious “bananas.” The three specialties have long been part of the spring flower viewing tradition since the Taisho era (1912-1926).

Mantis shrimp can be found in the Mutsu Bay, with an average length of 15~20 cm (5.9~7.8 in). Female mantis shrimp may have roe and the texture is irresistibly crunchy.
Mantis shrimp can be enjoyed simply by cooking in salt water which brings out the sweet delicious flavor.

Mantis Shrimp
Mantis Shrimp

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