Day was hot for crawfish

June 7, 2009 

Crawfish fans flocked to the State Farmers Market on Saturday in Raleigh to get their fill of the freshwater crustaceans.

It took only an hour and twenty minutes to sell out of 1,180 pounds on Crawfish Day, a longtime event sponsored each year by the N.C. Crawfish Growers Association.

Live crawfish, also known as crayfish, went for $5 a pound. Boiled crawfish cost $6 a pound. They were red swamp crawfish, born and bred in North Carolina.

"It tastes a lot like lobster, except it's not as chewy and it's a little bit sweeter," said Steve Gabel, area aquaculture agent at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and a cook at Saturday's event.

-- David Ranii

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