Shrimp – The Most Popular Seafood In America

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the U.S. and represents over 25 percent of the nation’s annual per capita seafood consumption – the average American eats more than four pounds a year. There are numerous species of shrimp which can be collectively sold under the single term – shrimp. Occasionally they are sold as prawns, which is a term that refers to larger varieties that are more common in certain international markets.

There are a variety of different types and sources of shrimp available in U.S. markets.
Cold water shrimp are the smaller varieties harvested in ocean waters in the northwest and northeast regions of the United States and Canada. They are known as Pandalid shrimp – commonly used in salads, soups or chowders. Coldwater shrimp are only available previously cooked and peeled.

Warm water shrimp are harvested and farmed in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, and are more commonly sold by reference to basic shell colors (white, brown and pink shrimp). Additional names can include tiger, banana and hopper shrimp. Buyer preferences are usually directed by taste, texture, size and costs which will vary from one species to another.

Wild shrimp refers to either cold water or warm water varieties that are harvested from coastal ocean waters with traditional vessels. They are often preferred for traditional flavors and recipes. The harvesting of wild shrimp is regulated by management programs that set annual production limits. Less than 10 percent of the shrimp eaten in the United Sates comes from wild harvests.

Farmed shrimp refers to warm water varieties that are grown in open and closed pond systems supplemented with formulated feeds. Shrimp diets and pond waters can be controlled to influence production rates and sensory attributes of the shrimp. Over 90 percent of the shrimp eaten in the United States come from farmed sources grown in other countries around the world.

Domestic shrimp is a term used to refer to wild shrimp harvested about the coasts of the United States.
Imported shrimp refers mainly to farm-raised shrimp from productive regions in China, Thailand and many other Asian nations, and the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

Shrimp Are Swimming In Healthy Nutrients

Shrimp are “small fry” that offer a big nutritional payoff with each bite. Delicious in stir-fries, salads or just on their own, and at just over 25 calories per ounce, shrimp provides protein and fat, making the oh-so-familiar crustacean a nutritious, low-calorie option for dinner. On top of that, like other forms of seafood, shrimp may offer a boost to brain health, serving up generous doses of vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Various studies show that increasing fish consumption and the Omega-3s they provide may help protect the brain as we age. Some research has focused on one of the three types of Omega-3s — DHA, short for docosahexaenoic acid — which Stephen C. Cunnane, research chair in brain metabolism and cognition during aging at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, says could be part of the answer, or could just be a … red herring.

“The brain absolutely needs DHA. I don’t think anyone can give you a truly simple, direct, clear answer to ‘What does DHA do?’ It’s present in large amounts in the brain. It’s present at the points where brain cells talk to each other, called synapses. But what it does there is not clear, and how it gets there isn’t clear,” he says. The topic, he adds, is “a field of intense interest to a lot of people around the world.”

Researchers often find that consuming whole foods is more effective than supplementing a single nutrient via pill or tincture. Which, yet again, makes shrimp and other sea foods great meal options. Cunnane — who posits in his 2005 book Survival of the Fattest that seafood may have been a key component of human brain evolution 1 million to 2 million years ago — says that there could be something else in these food items that complements the nutrients or helps our bodies absorb their goodness, making them more effective (not to mention tastier) than a pill. Or maybe people who eat fish regularly make other smart health decisions too. In any case, Cunnane says what we eat is just one piece of the brain-health jigsaw puzzle that must also include moderate physical activity and a healthy social network.

Food Trucks in Hawaii: Manapua Man to Big Wave Shrimp

Hawaii has a lush history of meals on wheels starting back in the 1970’s with the introduction of the Manapua Man. Although manapua (traditionally known as cha ciu bao, steamed bun filled with pork) was the obvious top seller, the best Manapua Men sold fried noodles, pork hash, hot dogs, burgers, dumplings, canned juice and even candy. Just like the Ice Cream Man with his distinct ditty on loud speaker, the Manapua Man would blast his song bringing all the locals to the streets. Nowadays the once unavoidable Manapua Man, that drove through your street four to five times a day, is found in small scattered neighborhoods.

The ebb and flow of the restaurant industry has seen a revival of The Food Truck. The large overheads and production costs that would cripple small businesses just starting out don’t affect food trucks like they do traditional venues. Throw in that the owner is the chef/sous chef/cashier/prep/waiter clearly expenses are a fraction of what they would be at a restaurant.

Hawaii’s perfect weather, cultured people and big stomachs create a perfect platform for food trucks (and food in general). South of O’ahu offers you “Eat The Street” once a month where over 40 food trucks come together to give you a smorgasbord of ono kine grinds.

Of course, on the North Shore food trucks are part of the normal scenery; most notably your very own – Big Wave Shrimp! With lots of tables, shade and calming music to add to the ambience, we are sure to make your dining experience one to remember. We are prepared to “wow” you with our Hawaiian style cooking along with your favorite local beverages and ono shave ice. Hele Mai, come dine with us! We promise, you’ll be glad you did!

Whether you’re looking for shrimp plates, steak plates, or ono deserts, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for as there are over one thousand food trucks scattered throughout the island.