Also known as “sea wolf” or “sea elephant”, the common lobster is a large crustacean with firm flesh and intense flavor. It lives in the rocky depths of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, at a depth ranging between 15 and 200 meters. In general, the average length of a specimen is around 30/40 cm, but in some cases it can exceed 60 cm. Although the common lobster is often assimilated to the red lobster because of its shape and size, the common lobster belongs to a different species and has specific characteristics.
The difference between common lobster and red lobster
The common lobster, whose scientific name is homarus, is part of the family of nephropods. Unlike the red lobster, it has a smooth carapace and two large front claws, which it uses to attack its prey and defend itself from predators. The two crustaceans also differ in taste, which in the case of the common lobster is less sweet and more pronounced. This makes it the ideal ingredient for refined first courses, such as risotto or exquisite lobster linguini.
What is the Blue Lobster?
The homarus gammarus, also known as “blue lobster”, is the least common and most prized variety. It differs from the American homarus by the bluish reflections of its armour, as well as by its extremely tender and tasty flesh. In nature, there are some lobster specimens which have a real intense blue pigmentation, fruit of a genetic defect, but these are very rare cases (about one specimen every two million). Blue lobster terminology, therefore, refers to European lobster, which is more difficult to find on the market and, consequently, considered more valuable than American lobster.
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