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blue crab

  • n  Atlantic crab; most common source of fresh crabmeat
  • n  bluish edible crab of Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North America
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  • In Season: Eric Ripert’s Sautéed Soft-Shell Crabs
    One of the seasonal glories of the Mid-Atlantic seaboard, soft-shell crabs, or “soft crabs,” as they call them down along the Chesapeake Bay, are available from spring through summer but are at their peak in June and July. The name refers not to a species of crustacean but to the molting stage of the blue crab, which sheds its shell in order to trade up to a new one. The best way to cook a soft ...
    June 9, 2013 - New York Magazine

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