Freshwater Prawn or Scampi (scientific name: macrobrachium rosenbergii) is very popular in the US as well as in Europe. It has a delicate sweet flavour similar to lobsters and a firm texture. Freshwater grill-cut prawns are very popular during summer seasons.
They can grow to a length over 30 cm and are predominantly brownish in colour but can vary. Smaller individuals may be greenish in colour and display faint vertical stripes. The rostrum is very prominent and contains 11 to 14 dorsal teeth and 8 to 11 ventral teeth. The first pair of walking legs (pereiopods) are elongated and very thin, ending in delicate claws (chelipeds) which are used as feeding appendages. The second pair of walking legs are much larger and powerful, especially in males. The movable claws of the second pair of walking legs are distinctively covered in dense bristles (setae) that give it a velvety appearance. The colour of the claws in males varies according to their social dominance.
Females can be distinguished from males by their wider abdomens and smaller second pereiopods. The genital openings are found on the body segments containing the fifth pereiopods and the third pereiopods in males and females, respectively.
|November – March
|HLSO, HOSO, PND, PDTO, HOTO, Butterfly-cut
|BAP, BRC, HACCP
|All Natural, STPP, as per request
|Buyer’s brand, Packer’s brand
|As per request
|IQF, Semi-IQF, Block
|Raw, Cooked, Blanched