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Old 01-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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What exactly are they. They are sold at Safeway but when asked, they don't know either. Nothing on google. They don't look like any crab I've seen.


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Old 01-10-2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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Just a marketing name.....just like 'Keta' is a brand name of Chum Salmon. It was king crab right?
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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If it was king crabs, it was the smallest king crab I've ever seen......
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:48 AM   #4
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Post a pic or it didn't happen,, or at least draw a stick picture . Maybe we need to get a bus and go to safeway for an ifish field trip.?
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:23 AM   #5
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its from south america. ask for a sample.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:36 AM   #6
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Saw those as well. My guess is that they are blue king crab (turns red when cooked). Technically still "king crab" but I think I'll pass.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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I just googled it and they had pictures from Norway???
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:39 PM   #8
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pic of royal red crab .....................google royal red crab pictures

Looks like a king to me

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Old 01-10-2012, 07:32 PM   #9
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Saw a freddies ad for Red Royal Crab, looked like Opies to me, Ophielia Crab, think the timing is right also. Thats my guess
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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Just like when Safeway calls keta salmon "Silverbrite salmon".
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:18 AM   #11
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Opilio, snow, tanner.

All the same critter. Use to be considered third-rate. A rose is a rose is a rose....
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:59 AM   #12
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Opilio, snow, tanner.

All the same critter. Use to be considered third-rate. A rose is a rose is a rose....
Although C. opilio and C. bairdi are discreet species, they are able to crossbreed. In fact, there are specific regions in the Bering See and North Pacific Ocean that contain high numbers of Tanner crab hybrids. The hybrid individuals display a mix of physical traits that are typically attributed to either of the two discreet species.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #13
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Opilio, snow, tanner.

All the same critter. Use to be considered third-rate. A rose is a rose is a rose....
I believe what they have is a Santolla Crab from Sount America. There are several varieties. I was offered them and passed.

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Old 01-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #14
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Betting its from Chile..

"Red crab meat" used a lot by restaurants, and it mainly comes from Chile.

Its not bad for crab cakes, burritos, etc..
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #15
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So called Royal Red Crab is a southern hemisphere King blue crab, (red when cooked) mostly from chile and Argentina. We just made some crab cakes from a blend of these and opilio crab legs.

Here they are:

Royal Red Crab at the top, Snow Crab at the bottom. ~♥~
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:38 AM   #16
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In Singapore, I was amazed at the number of different crabs, from different parts of the world.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:27 PM   #17
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Whatever this Royal Red crab really is, it's a pet peeve of mine. I read something about it also being from Russian waters as well as South American. A lot of seafood vendors, such as in supermarkets and even retailers who sell seafood exclusively, say they "don't know" why they can't get the big Alaskan King Crab legs anymore. Some try to pass off the Royal Red as the same crab we used to get, and I guess most people believe that. But I know I wasn't dreaming when I used to get the really, super-large Alaskan King Crab legs at stores and restaurants.

I recently bought some very expensive "Alaskan King Crab" legs from a seafood merchant, who swore it was the same thing, but from what I could see, it was just the Royal Red a little bit bigger than the usual sizes I see, which are pretty damn small.

Not too long ago, I read an article that said Japan and China have "an insatiable appetite" for Alaskan King Crab, and it was all being shipped over there. I would provide a link but I don't even know where I saw that article. I don't like having to pay the price for the huge crab legs and just get the little skinny ones.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:20 PM   #18
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Costco used to have King Crab pretty cheap but that was 5-6 years ago.
They don't even carry it now. I'm sure the Asians are getting most of it. Don't you just love the GLOBAL ECONOMY!
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:15 AM   #19
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Costco used to have King Crab pretty cheap but that was 5-6 years ago.
They don't even carry it now. I'm sure the Asians are getting most of it. Don't you just love the GLOBAL ECONOMY!

Costco in Wilsonville had some last weekend.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:18 AM   #20
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Whatever this Royal Red crab really is, it's a pet peeve of mine. I read something about it also being from Russian waters as well as South American. A lot of seafood vendors, such as in supermarkets and even retailers who sell seafood exclusively, say they "don't know" why they can't get the big Alaskan King Crab legs anymore. Some try to pass off the Royal Red as the same crab we used to get, and I guess most people believe that. But I know I wasn't dreaming when I used to get the really, super-large Alaskan King Crab legs at stores and restaurants.

I recently bought some very expensive "Alaskan King Crab" legs from a seafood merchant, who swore it was the same thing, but from what I could see, it was just the Royal Red a little bit bigger than the usual sizes I see, which are pretty damn small.

Not too long ago, I read an article that said Japan and China have "an insatiable appetite" for Alaskan King Crab, and it was all being shipped over there. I would provide a link but I don't even know where I saw that article. I don't like having to pay the price for the huge crab legs and just get the little skinny ones.
Asian demand has also caused the price of BC dungeness crabs to skyrocket too. With prices now hitting $21/lb for live crab there is a lot of "buyer resistance" and the retailers are complaining they are having trouble sell the few live crabs that are able to get hold of. East Coast lobsters are now cheaper in BC than crabs...
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Asian demand has also caused the price of BC dungeness crabs to skyrocket too. With prices now hitting $21/lb for live crab there is a lot of "buyer resistance" and the retailers are complaining they are having trouble sell the few live crabs that are able to get hold of. East Coast lobsters are now cheaper in BC than crabs...
not just BC crab, the price was well above all time high in Oregon late too
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